Trend Micro creator of PC-cillin anti virus are going to boycott VB100 security test according to the statement released by the company.
Trend’s CTO Raimund Genes branded the VB100 as “old fashioned” and “totally irrelevant” test. He said this is creating more problem then helping.
The VB100 award is granted to any product that passes the test criteria under test conditions in the VB lab as part of the formal VB comparative review process. This test is conducted by Virus Bulletin (VB) an independent testing organization staffed by full time professional antivirus experts.
In Dec 2007 Trend Micro, headquartered in Tokyo, failed VB100 test. Other companies who didn’t pass the test include Sophos and Kaspersky as they failed to protect fully against a collection of outdated viruses.
Previously In June 2007 Kaspersky, Grisoft, and F-Secure failed this test. NOD32 by the Slovak company ESET is the only antivirus program in the world that has never missed a single “In the Wild” worm or virus in Virus Bulletin testing since May 1998.
Genes was of the view that that other security companies felt the same way about the tests, but were afraid to speak out because of the credibility they gained from passing the tests.
Apart from Trend Micro, Panda Security is also boycotting the test. According to Genes:
The tests are all old-fashioned, but because the VB100 label is so valuable, Virus Bulletin is creating a problem for the industry. I hope they are changing the testing method.
He insisted that they would continue testing with rival labs AVTest.org and AV Comparatives and criticized Virus Bulletin for not testing against the prolific Storm Worm, nor testing for effectiveness against rootkits.
John Hawes, technical consultant for Virus Bulletin expressed surprise:
They have not said anything about this to us. Trend Micro had entered just two out of the last five tests — and had failed them both. The vendor had issues with polymorphic viruses.
The criteria to pass VB100 test is as follows:
- 100% detection of malware listed as ‘In the Wild’ by the WildList Organization.
- No false positives when scanning VB’s collection of known-clean files.
All tests are performed both on demand and on access. Any failure to detect a sample from the WildList set, in either mode, or a false positive alert in either mode, results in a product failing to qualify for the VB100 award.