Do you agree with the author that antivirus shouldn't mess with the system that way?

  • Yes. They shouldn't need to do that

    Votes: 5 41.7%
  • No. It's necessary to protect users

    Votes: 7 58.3%
  • Total voters


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Here's a few quotes from the article:

"There is a problem where some anti-virus vendors are using techniques to bypass Kernel Patch Protection by injecting a hypervisor which they use to intercept syscalls and make assumptions about memory locations — memory locations which are now changing with the Meltdown fixes."

"Please stop using goofy, undocumented and hacky ways to predict memory locations and mess with syscalls. There’s 5 key vendors doing this (and lots of OEM vendors licensing engines): please tidy up the code.
Source: Important information about Microsoft Meltdown CPU security fixes, antivirus vendors and you

What is your opinion on this?


That the author should focus his energy on the culprit.

And what does everyone propose - a new replacement system for everybody ?

Nice thought, but it ain't gonna happen. Ever. The end result of that is Intel out-of-business.

No government is going to force Intel into that solution.

Now, the post-problem solution involves everyone, and the usual actors - Microsoft, the OEMs, and the choice AV actors in the article, are hacking it.