Kudos0

Notification and/or Resolution of 3rd Party Vulnerabilities

One of the biggest vectors for picking up viruses seems to be unpatched software (Flash, etc.).  While Microsoft has this for its own products, not every product has an automatic update feature.  What would be nice is if Norton could run a check similar to that provided by Secunia's PSI tool to identify unpatched software.  An optional feature would be to offer to obtain the patches for the user (might be more of a 360 feature however).

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Kudos0

Re: Notification and/or Resolution of 3rd Party Vulnerabilities

One of the biggest vectors for picking up viruses seems to be unpatched software (Flash, etc.).  While Microsoft has this for its own products, not every product has an automatic update feature.  What would be nice is if Norton could run a check similar to that provided by Secunia's PSI tool to identify unpatched software.  An optional feature would be to offer to obtain the patches for the user (might be more of a 360 feature however).

Kudos0

Re: Notification and/or Resolution of 3rd Party Vulnerabilities

This additional feauture will make the product bloatware . Please , keep it clean and simple. Norton already protects agains vulnerabilities . It has SONAR and Vulnerability protection - both enabled by defaults .

 If you want Secunia PCI - run it , don't make it part of Norton

Kudos0

Re: Notification and/or Resolution of 3rd Party Vulnerabilities

Think outside the square, 3play. Secunia offers a partnership program (see here). I'm sure  that most users would prefer the Secunia functionality over the inane Norton 'Vulnerability Protection' feature offered in the current Norton products..

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Re: Notification and/or Resolution of 3rd Party Vulnerabilities


3play wrote:

This additional feauture will make the product bloatware . Please , keep it clean and simple. Norton already protects agains vulnerabilities . It has SONAR and Vulnerability protection - both enabled by defaults .

 If you want Secunia PCI - run it , don't make it part of Norton


It could be an add-on product, as I agree -- Not everyone would want this out of the box.  Many knowledgeable users already update their own software, and many prefer to do so on their own schedule.  

Having said that, think of the average home user with 20-30 applications installed on their desktop.  Do you think they are busy checking to make sure each and every one is fully patched?  I think an ounce of prevention is still better than a pound of cure in this regard.  By protecting the known vectors for infection (such as unpatched 3rd party software), Norton makes its job even easier.

As for running Secunia PSI myself, I do;  What having it in Norton would do is a) remove a vector for infection as mentioned above, and b) Help people who have never even heard of Secunia (or wouldn't think of their software as a risk factor).