p2pnet.net News:- There’s a ‘good worm’ out there. And it belongs to HP.
The company says it’s moving its Active Counter Measures distributed scanning tool into beta and plans to release it in 2005.
“Active Counter Measures is software designed in HP Labs that uses techniques similar to those of network attackers to scan the network for machines that might be vulnerable to attack,” says an InfoWorld story here, but instead of loading a virus or malicious software, it installs a software patch to repair the vulnerability.”
“We’re fine tuning it now and making sure it’s good to go,” Tony Redmond, vp and cto with HP Services is quoted as saying. “This is a good worm. It’s turning the techniques (of the attackers) back on them.”
HP is still working out the details of how to market the product, which was first disclosed in February of this year, but it seems unlikely that it will be included as part of the company’s OpenView suite of management software, says Redmond in the report.
Redmond also boasts that HP’s network administrators haven’t been bitten by a worm or a virus since 2002, “in part because of the company’s deployment of Active Counter Measures”.
[In some circles, that'd be considered fighting talk - Ed]