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Trend Micro virus warning 14 Years, 4 Months ago  
Why does a virus warning from Trend Micro PC-cillin 2006 stating "Detected WAR-FTPD 1.65 PASS EXPLOIT" come up every time that I start a new instance of Absolute Telnet? Is there something there to be concerned about with this? What causes this virus exploit warning in Absolute Telnet's startup routine?

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#345
Re: Trend Micro virus warning 14 Years, 4 Months ago  
When you start Absolute, Absolute will use FTP to check the website for a new version of the software. The virus software may be mistaking this as malicious activity. If allowed to complete, Absolute will attempt this only once a week. However, if it is continuously blocked, it will try each time you run it. In the status bar, it will say something like "checking for updates..."

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#346
Re: Trend Micro virus warning 14 Years, 4 Months ago  
That makes sense, but I don't see a way to allow this to run. Since there is an exploit apparently with 1.65 of WAR_FTPD the virus software blocks it. Any chance of the FTP portion/drivers of Absolute Telnet being updated to a safe version? Here is the info page I can get to from the virus warning:

http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/secadvisories/default6.asp?VName=WAR%2DFT PD%5F1%2E65%5FPASS%5FEXPLOIT

Their solution is "Users of War-FTPD 1.65 should upgrade to version 1.66x4 or higher."

It is just very annoying to get this every time I run AT and it has been going on for some time now. Thanks for any advice...

Keith

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#347
Re: Trend Micro virus warning 14 Years, 4 Months ago  
Let me see what I can do.
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#348
Re: Trend Micro virus warning 14 Years, 3 Months ago  
Brian,

I certainly dont want to be a pest, but I did see the notice about the new beta that has come out and I was wondering if this might include a fix for my issue? If not it is no biggie...just thought I better ask.

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Re: Trend Micro virus warning 14 Years, 3 Months ago  
I don't know that there's a fix necessarily, but there's a way now we can turn it off entirely.

It's a back-door method, but should work.

Open regedit.

Under HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/AbsoluteTelnet, create a new entry of type 'string'. The label should be 'disable_version_check' and the value should be 'true'.

Now, when you start absolute, it should not perform the check. Of course, this completely eliminates the version notifications you get in the app.
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Re: Trend Micro virus warning 14 Years, 3 Months ago  
Bummer. I appreciate the instructions for the back-door method of shutting off the version checking piece and I might do that just to avoid the virus warning message. Since Trend blocks the communications when it detects the "virus" I don't think I am able to get version notification anyway in the program unfortunately. Hopefully a fix will be found eventually but I guess these are my options as of now. Thanks for looking into it and for the super fast reply!

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Re: Trend Micro virus warning 14 Years, 2 Months ago  
Brian,

I just wanted to let you know that the registry setting "solved" my issue. How about this as a compromise:

* An option (in the options menu) to turn on and off the update checks in this manner is added.

* A manual "Check now for updates" option is added to the menu bar to manually perform a check if that option does not already exist.

Are these possible in a future release?

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