It's the second major security headache for Intel in six months, following a widely publicized breach of its systems in China around New Year's.(Intel acknowledged the "Update: I'm beginning to hear directly from people who were affected by this coloassal screw-up.The use of "e Policy Orchestrator", which is used to update virus definitions across a network, appears to have [led] to a faster spread of the bad DAT file.The e Policy Orchestrator is used to update "DAT" files throughout enterprises.Unfortunately, though, this isn't the first time Mc Afee has had a screw-up like this.Back in 2009, when the Conficker worm was making the rounds, I took a close look at how Mc Afee was handling its response to the new threat and was appalled at the sloppy, error-ridden documents they published for consumers and IT professionals.
At the very least, Mc Afee is going to have a lot of explaining to do at contract renewal time. At 6AM today, Mc Afee released an update to its antivirus definitions for corporate customers that had a slight problem.And by "slight problem," I mean the kind that renders a PC useless until tech support shows up to repair the damage manually.However, only particular configurations of these versions appear affected.The bad DAT file may infect individual workstations as well as workstations connected to a domain.
Mc Afee says it has already replaced the faulty virus definitions with an updated set, so if you update your definitions using the most recent set you will not encounter this issue.