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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 21 April 2010

McAfee have posted help on how to resolve issues on computers that have been affected by the DAT5958 problem that has caused problems world-wide on 21st April 2010.

The McAfee KnowledgeBase article is at:-

DAT5959 is now available from McAfee.

More information about the issues are on this blog.

Readers may also be interested in our Managing Consultant's take on this incident, which will be syndicated to IT Director tomorrow.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 21:16:12 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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As an update to our earlier posts:-

McAfee DAT 5959
Major Issues with McAfee AntiVirus DAT5958
McAfee VirusScan Enterprise with DAT 5958 on Windows XP SP3 Machines

McAfee have now released DAT5959 to their web site at

We advise caution in apply this update, suggesting that it  should be trialled first on test machines before generally being rolled out.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 19:49:00 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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We understand that McAfee has released DAT5959, which is identical to DAT 5958 that is causing machines world-wide to crash, except is does not contain the "problem".

We believe this DAT was released at 10:15 PDT (GMT-7), although is does not appear to have been posted to the McAfee/NAI web sites as at the time of this post. We presume that this is initially being rolled out to the McAfee update network.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 19:07:31 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Further to our earlier advisory this afternoon, we now understand that McAfee have suspended DAT 5958 from their update network.

In a circular email, McAfee have stated:-

The 5958 DAT has been removed from McAfee download servers, preventing any further impact to corporate customers. McAfee teams are working with the highest priority to support impacted customers and plan to provide an update virus definition file shortly.

McAfee have provided more details on their web site and on the McAfee Community Web Site. These sites are currently running slowly because of the huge demands being placed on them at present.

Anecdotal reports being picked up by us show huge number of sites being affected world-wide, some with thousands of machines being affected.

Our current understanding is that this only affects Windows XP SP3 machines.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 18:19:57 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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We are receiving reports that McAfee's AntiVirus DAT5958 is causing Windows XP SP3 machines to fail.

Early indications are that this latest update detects svchost.exe as Win32/wecorl.a causing affected machines to crash.

We are aware of whole sites being taken down. Our advice is not to update to DAT5958 and to switch off the autoupdate feature in McAfee VirusScan Enterprise.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 17:37:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 03 March 2010

The next event being held by the South West branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT, is on "Mobile Phone Security: Key Challenges for 2010 and Beyond" and will be presented by Alan Goode of Goode Intelligence.

The presentation will be given in the Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square at the University of Plymouth on Tuesday, 9th March 2010 at 7:30pm. The free event is open to non-members of the BCS and represents a good opportunity for IT professionals to network with each other.

More details and registration details are available on the branch's web site.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 16:21:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 21 January 2010

Microsoft released MS10-002 at 18:00 GMT today, which patches the exploit that saw Google hacked. Code that exploits the flaw that this patch fixes is already in circulation, so it is important that this patch is applied quickly.

Microsoft are also suggesting that users should upgrade to Internet Explorer 8, which they consider to be significantly more secure.

We would also advise Vista machine owners to apply all the latest patches for their operating system in light of the recent virus problems at the University of Exeter, which Alastair Revell blogged about recently.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Thursday, 21 January 2010 19:50:31 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 20 January 2010

It is going to be interesting to see what uses the public data being made available via will be put to over the coming months.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, is expected to formally launch the web site tomorrow.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 18:06:44 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 18 January 2010

The Managing Consultant of Revell Research Systems, Alastair Revell, has been appointed the Membership Director of The Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP). The Institution is the UK's leading professional body for people working in the development, installation and testing of business systems and computer software.

 alastair revell

Alastair Revell, a fellow of the institution, is already a member of Council, the body's governing body and a member of its board of directors, having been elected last year.

He is a Chartered IT Professional and has been working in Information Technology since 1985 when he established Revell Research Systems. He is actively involved in software development and is currently leading several development projects for the practice.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Monday, 18 January 2010 18:16:40 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 14 January 2010

The South West Branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT is hosting a talk by James Barisic MBCS, a prominent IT lawyer in the South West, on Social Media, Community Building and the Law.

Mr Barisic, IT Solicitor at Everys Solicitors, co-hosts the PhotoLegal podcast and is also a Member of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

He will explore the legal and practical issues of community building using social media. Using tools such as Twitter, Flickr and Facebook, he will illustrate how organisations can build communities online and the legal issues surrounding the use of such sites

The event is being held at  the Malt House in the 16th century Bridge Inn in Topsham (near Exeter) on Tuesday, 26th January 2010, starting at 7:30pm. The inn is renowned across the West Country for its real ale. The event will also include an opportunity to network with local IT professionals after the formal presentation, when cheese and biscuits will be available.

The event is free and open to the general public, although those wishing to attend are asked to register in advance at

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Thursday, 14 January 2010 16:46:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 09 December 2009

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, announced on 9th December 2009 during his Pre-Budget Report that he will be levying a broadband tax of £6 on each household with a fixed line.

The money raised from this tax will be spent on improving rural access speeds so that they become comparable with those in more urban areas.

Darling said: “We have provided funding to help extend the opportunities of the broadband network to more remote communities. We now want to go further, so we can provide the next generation of super-fast broadband to 90 per cent of the population by the end of 2017.”

The tax should raise around £170 million, but this falls far short of BT estimate of £5 billion needed to provide superfast broadband to every household in the United Kingdom. At least it is a start…

The tax itself seems a sensible way to ensure that rural communities do not get left behind, provided the funds raised actually get spent on this objective.

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 21:34:07 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 27 November 2009

BCS The Chartered Institute for IT has recently launched a new micro site at to help people get the most from information and information technology.

The site contains useful information for UK citizens about the use of information technology. The institute "seeks to promote better public understanding of the benefits of being a Savvy Citizen".

As part of the launch of this site, the BCS has published some research that analyses aspects of people’s behaviour and attitudes in order to form a snapshot of how ‘information savvy’ the United Kingdom is.

The institute is the leading body for information technology in the United Kingdom and the only body able to register an IT professional as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP)

Posted by Revell Research Systems
Friday, 27 November 2009 15:58:53 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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