Will US-CERT Bring Sanity To Virus Naming?

Bill Brenner of SecuritySearch.com writes:

…It can take an hour or two to track down the new virus because it can be in your system under a completely different file name, he said. Life during an outbreak would be much more orderly if all the AV vendors adopted some common naming element, even if it’s just a common code before whatever name they decide to give a new worm, he said. “It would be nice to see viruses being given a uniform number or convention similar to what [The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)] uses for vulnerabilities – the CVE [Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures] designation. That would be very helpful. Then the major players could give it any name they want but there would still be a common code.”

US-CERT is expected to grant Hauser and other IT professionals that wish next month, when it moves the Common Malware Enumeration (CME) initiative out of the testing phase.

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