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V-14626

McAfee VirusScan On-Access Scanner All Processes settings must be configured to find unknown unwanted programs and trojans.

Finding ID
DTAM104
Rule ID
SV-56431r1_rule
Severity
Cat II
CCE
(None)
Group Title
DTAM104-McAfee VirusScan heuristics program
CCI
CCI-001242
Target Key
(None)
Documentable
No
Discussion

Due to the ability of malware to mutate after infection, standard antivirus signatures may not be able to catch new strains or variants of the malware. Typically, these strains and variants will share unique characteristics with others in their virus family. By using a generic signature to detect the shared characteristics, using wildcards where differences lie, the generic signature can detect viruses even if they are padded with extra, meaningless code. This method of detection is Heuristic detection.

Fix Text

Access the local VirusScan console by clicking Start->All Programs->McAfee->VirusScan Console. On the menu bar, click Task->On-Access Scanner Properties. Select All Processes. Under the Scan Items tab, locate the "Heuristics:" label. Select the "Find unknown unwanted programs and trojans" option. Click OK to Save.

Check Content

Access the local VirusScan console by clicking Start->All Programs->McAfee->VirusScan Console. On the menu bar, click Task->On-Access Scanner Properties. Select All Processes. Under the Scan Items tab, locate the "Heuristics:" label. Ensure the "Find unknown unwanted programs and trojans" option is selected. Criteria: If the "Find unknown unwanted programs and trojans" option is selected, this is not a finding. On the client machine, use the Windows Registry Editor to navigate to the following key: HKLM\Software\McAfee\ (32-bit) HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\McAfee\ (64-bit) SystemCore\VSCore\On Access Scanner\McShield\Configuration\Default Criteria: If the value dwProgramHeuristicsLevel is 1, this is not a finding. If the value is 0, this is a finding.

Responsibility

System Administrator