RE: [Full-Disclosure] AV Naming Convention

From: Frank Knobbe (frank_at_knobbe.us)
Date: 08/10/04

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    To: Glenn_Everhart@bankone.com
    Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 10:44:56 -0500
    
    
    

    On Tue, 2004-08-10 at 10:34, Glenn_Everhart@bankone.com wrote:
    > Give the AV companies a bit of mercy though: they are called upon to
    > analyze virii with ever less lead time, and need to pick names sometimes
    > before full behavior is even known (as it seems to me from watching
    > them).
    >
    > Given the time allowed to do this work, it seems a cross reference after
    > the fact is probably the best one can hope for.

    Perhaps they could elect one person (of each AV shop) to be a naming
    mediator between the organizations. Competition is still ensured...
    after all, everyone wants to get it out first. Here's another incentive.
    First one out to propose a new virus/strain can give it a name. All
    prominent AV shops could, to help industry and consumers (marketing
    opportunity here), come to an agreement that governs how names are
    standardized. First representative of an AV shop that raises the hand
    says "We got a new one! Can't give details of course since you are a
    competitor. But if you find the same thing in your research, let's call
    it Humptydumpty-2."
    Whoever finds the virus first has first choice on the name. No sharing
    of information required, just agreement on a name.

    Is that so hard?

    Regards,
    Frank

    
    

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