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20 September 2012

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                         AUSCERT Security Bulletin

             An issue has been identified in Sophos Anti-Virus
                             20 September 2012


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:              Sophos Anti-Virus
Operating System:     Windows
Impact/Access:        Reduced Security -- Unknown/Unspecified
Resolution:           Mitigation
Member content until: Saturday, October 20 2012


        An issue has been identified in Sophos Anti-Virus which is causing 
        false positives to be detected. [1]


        The vendor has provided the following details regarding this issue:
        "Numerous binaries are falsely detected as Shh/Updater-B." [1]
        "An identity released by SophosLabs for use with our Live Protection 
        system is causing False Positives against many binaries that have 
        updating functionality.
        Detections of ssh/updater-B made today are false positives and not an 
        outbreak." [1]


        The vendor has provided the following instructions to rectify this 
        "If you have Live Protection enabled, you should stop seeing these 
        detections eventually as the files are now marked clean in the Live 
        Protection cloud. If you do not have Live Protection enabled you will 
        stop seeing the new detections once javab-jd.ide has been downloaded by 
        your endpoints (released at Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:48:35 +0000).
        There is no cleanup for this detection, and you will see it quarantined 
        unless you have your on-access policy set to move or delete detections 
        if cleanup is not possible. Please double check your SAV policy under 
        cleanup; You want to ensure your secondary option (when cleanup is not 
        available or does not work) to be set to deny access and not delete or 
        move. Once the detections have stopped, you can acknowledge the alerts 
        in the Console, this way you can see who is still reporting it, and 
        confirm it is trending down." [1]
        "You should ensure that endpoints are up to date with the latest IDE 
        files.  This issue is resolved with javab-jd.ide which was released at 
        Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:48:35 +0000.
        Sophos Update Manager unable to update
        If SUM is unable to update it is probable that files in the warehouse 
        are failing to be decoded as they are being falsely detected as 
        To workaround this issue and successfully download the IDE file that 
        fixes this issue follow these steps:
            1. Delete agen-xuv.ide from C:\Program Files\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\ 
               [C:\Program Files (x86)\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\]
            2. Restart the 'Sophos Anti-Virus Service'
            3. Update SUM via the Sophos Enterprise Console
        Endpoints unable to update
        If you have endpoints that are unable to update due to the false 
        positive issue the following steps can be taken to get the fixed IDE 
        to them:
            1. Centrally disable On-Access scanning via policy in SEC
            2. Select Groups in SEC and select 'Update Now'
            3. Once a group has updated re-enable On-Access scanning via 
            policy in SEC" [1]


        [1] Advisory: Shh/Updater-B False positives

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