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F-Secure Exploit Shield protects against ‘zero-day’ vulnerability exploits

F-Secure’s new Exploit Shield provides ‘zero-day’ protection against malicious exploit attempts of vulnerabilities such as the Internet Explorer vulnerability, which has been widely exploited since last week. F-Secure Exploit Shield is available for download now, for free.
  • 18 December, 2008 19:00

<p>F-Secure today issued a Technology Preview of its new Exploit Shield technology. F-Secure is the first Internet security provider to offer such a shield to protect users from web-based malicious exploits and drive-by downloads, one of the most common ways to infect computers today.</p>
<p>F-Secure Exploit Shield is unique in enabling ordinary consumers to get protection against ‘zero-day’ exploits for which a patch is not available. These are attacks against vulnerabilities that are unknown to vendors at the time of exploitation. Vulnerabilities in computer software open security holes that can allow exploitation. Patches, issued by the manufacturer of the application, fix the vulnerability.</p>
<p>A drive-by-download is a download that happens without the knowledge of the user when visiting a website. The website may be considered safe by the user, although it has been hacked by criminals. This is a very common infection method in today’s threat scenario, and there is a growing number of new exploits being created by Internet criminals.</p>
<p>F-Secure Chief Technology Officer Pirkka Palomäki explains: “F-Secure Exploit Shield would have protected Internet Explorer users against exploits of the latest vulnerability even before it was publicly known. It protects unpatched computers even before patches are available from the software vendor. All F-Secure customers will also benefit as Exploit Shield reports malicious websites to our Real-time Protection Network. Armed with this website information, our Security Labs are alerted faster than ever to new exploits on the Internet and can react to protect all our existing customers.”</p>
<p>F-Secure Exploit Shield recognises attempts to exploit a known vulnerability and shields the user against them. It also works against new, unknown vulnerability exploits by using generic detection techniques based on the behaviour of exploits.</p>
<p>The Technology Preview version of F-Secure Exploit Shield can be downloaded from www.f-secure.com/labs for free.</p>
<p>The Technology Preview protects against existing and future vulnerabilities in both Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers. It uses only a small amount of system resources and is compatible with other vendors’ antivirus software.</p>
<p>More information on ExploitShield is available on F-Secure’s weblog www.f-secure.com/weblog <http:> .</http:></p>
<p>About F-Secure Corporation</p>
<p>F-Secure Corporation protects consumers and businesses against computer viruses and other threats from the Internet and mobile networks. F-Secure’s award-winning solutions are available as a service subscription through more than 170 Internet service providers and mobile operator partners around the world, making F-Secure the global leader in this market. The solutions are also available as licensed products through thousands of resellers globally. The company aspires to be the most reliable security provider, helping to make computer and smartphone users’ connected lives safe and easy. This is substantiated by the company’s independently proven ability to respond faster to new threats than its main competitors. Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Finland, F-Secure has been listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd since 1999. The company has consistently been one of the fastest growing publicly listed companies in the industry. The latest news on real-time virus threat scenarios is available at the F-Secure Data Security Lab weblog at http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/.</p>

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