Anyone using Sophos today might start receiving these messages about shh/updater-b being detected and quarantined. This is most likely due to a software problem from a Sophos update today. I am sure they are working on an update since this seems to be a problem for all Sophos users.
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We’re aware of aggressive detection alert, & are fixing the problem. No malware associated with update. Stay tuned for more info #SophosLabs
— Sophos Support (@SophosSupport) September 19, 2012
Issue: Numerous binaries are falsely detected as ssh/updater-B.
Cause: An identity released by SophosLabs for use with our Live Protection system is causing False Positives against many binaries that have updating functionality.
What To Do: Customer should ensure that endpoints are update to date with the latest IDE files. This issue is resolved with javab-jd.ide which was released at Wed, 19 Sep 2012 18:48:35 +0000.
RED NOTIFICATION – False Positive detections with ssh/updater-B – UPDATE 15:11 PDT
As the False Positive can affect our own binaries, in can in some instances prevent both SUM and SAU from being able to update.
In these situations the following instructions can be used to workaround the issue, download the fixed IDE, and propagate it to all endpoints.
Sophos Update Manager unable to update
If SUM is unable to update it is probable that files in the warehouse are failing to be decoded as they are being falsely detected as Shh/Updater-B.
To workaround this issue and successfully download the IDE file that fixes this issue follow these steps:
1. Delete agen-xuv.ide from C:\Program Files\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\ [C:\Program Files (x86)\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\]
2. Restart the ‘Sophos Anti-Virus Service’
3. Update SUM via the Sophos Enterprise Console
Endpoints unable to update
If customers have endpoints that are unable to update due to the false positive issue the following steps can be taken to get the fixed IDE to them:
1. Centrally disable On-Access scanning via policy in SEC
2. Select Groups in SEC and select ‘Update Now’
3. Once a group has updated re-enable On-Access scanning via policy in SEC
Additional info is now available in this knowledge base article:
My old Logitech mx518 started peeling and falling apart after the years of use. I decided to get a little crazy and buy a wild looking gaming mouse called a Rat 5. It can be customized to the size of your hand which I like and has 6 programmable buttons. I haven’t programmed it much yet but I need to do that soon. I am still playing BF3 a few hours a week and this Rat does the job.
What kind of mouse are you using right now?
Working in higher education has its advantages and one I have enjoyed is working with students. Students in college who are in the different computer fields have a unique opportunity they can take advantage of. Working for the college IT department. Most colleges and university are understaffed and rely on the work of students to keep things going. Here are some advantages…
1. Real work experience to balance out classroom knowledge.
2. Training and mentoring by IT employees.
3. Make some extra spending money.
4. Work on special projects.
5. Motivated students can set their path.
6. Secure a summer job early.
1. Keep payroll costs lower.
2. Offer longer Help Desk hours.
3. Delegate basic tasks to students and focus on projects.
Working as a student worker my senior year at college gave me a tremendous amount of experience and led to me securing a job.
I attended the Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference (TRETC) on Wednesday and wanted to share a few thoughts from a couple of the sessions I attended.
The first session I went to was Teaching Programming With Tablets and Mobile Phones. A panel of teachers and students discussed the five week program for high school students to learn how to develop an Android app. One student had no programming experience at all and enjoyed the course enough to sign up for more programming classes. What a great way to get kids interested in programming and Computer Science.
Another session I wanted to mention was Preparing Your School for Student Owned Mobile Devices. This was another panel discussion on integrating student owned mobile devices into the classroom. With the cost of technology and the shrinking budgets schools are letting students bring their own technology. Students can bring in their smartphones and laptops and use them in the classroom on wifi. Ultimately it is up to the teacher to allow use during class times but during flextime and lunch all students can use their devices. There are some drawbacks that were discussed but I think this is a great way to keep students engaged.
Working at a college, it is a good idea to keep up with the technology students are using in K-12. Overall a good day.