[clamav-users] Why are the ClamAV team so slow at creating signatures ?

Tim Smith randomdev4 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 6 10:21:58 EDT 2014


> but call paid prebuildt software always better is not correct, but mostly just marketing

What rubbish... ClamAV always lags behind the commercial vendors in
any comparative you wish to mention.

The majority of well established vendors will also do a better job of
detecting and pushing out definitions as it seems that ClamAV is
reactive, not proactive on the definitions front  ....

> What other av product can you make your own virus signatures with, not usefull,  hmm

You don't need to when they've got a decent set of analysts who are on
the ball and push out new definitions quickly !

F-Secure, Sophos, Kasperksy and others all had coverage already of this virus.

Seriously, why should I mess around with creating virus signatures,
its a waste of my time.

Evangelising over how wonderful open-source anti-virus is is great....
but if you're severely lagging on pushing out virus definitions then
it very quickly removes the attractiveness of the product.   80% of
people using your open-source project won't have the knowledge, time
or inclination to hack together their own virus definitions ....


I'm off to sign up with one of the well established software vendors.

On 6 October 2014 14:55, Benny Pedersen <me at junc.eu> wrote:
> On October 6, 2014 3:37:34 PM Tim Smith <randomdev4 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> > are you really trying to compare response times from PAID sollutions to
>> > the free/community maintened ones ?
>> Of course not, the paid solutions will always be better.
>
>
> Dream on, my commodore 64 is the best 8bit computer ever not needing
> antivirus at all, restarting it cleans any virus for free, sorry could not
> resists
>
>> But three days to get some definitions pushed out for a zero-day is a
>> bit on the slow side, you must agree !
>
>
> You are free to define opensource as you wish, but call paid prebuildt
> software always better is not correct, but mostly just marketing
>
> What other av product can you make your own virus signatures with, not
> usefull,  hmm
>
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