Kaspersky Lab Obtains Ten New Patents in Russia

25 Feb 2011
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Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, has been awarded Russian patents for ten innovative new data protection technologies.

Russian Patent No.101217 covers a system that accelerates file scanning during emulation. Kaspersky Lab's new technology uses a dedicated accelerator to execute part of the emulated program's instructions on the CPU of the local computer. This approach considerably reduces the emulation time of secure commands.

Meanwhile, Russian Patent No.101235 covers an algorithm which accelerates the scanning of executable files. The algorithm starts by checking if the file is known to be secure, i.e. if it is in the secure objects list. For unknown files, analysis and risk assessment are performed and a decision is made regarding which malware detection methods to run. The lower the risk of the file being infected, the less the number of methods required, resulting in less time taken to scan the object.

Another new system, Russian Patent No.101224, deals with the detection and minimization of false positives. The system creates lists of malicious and secure programs, keeps them up to date and scans them for overlaps. When overlaps are detected, the system uses the information it has available to decide whether to modify either of the lists. False positives can be detected and corrected before or after antivirus databases are released.

The system described in Russian Patent No.101223 enables similarities between different files to be quickly discovered by comparing selected file properties with a dedicated database. Based on this technique, files can be promptly classified.

The technology protected by Russian Patent No.101233 enables security ratings to be calculated and attributed to programs, thereby increasing the accuracy of malware detection. Based on these security ratings, the system can limit suspicious programs' access to certain computer resources, thus mitigating the damage caused by potential malware activity.

Russian Patent No.101222 describes a method of selecting the optimum settings for several applications sharing resources on the same computer. The new technology is advantageous in that it involves classification of the general resource usage policies and allows the creation of a new policy for a specific computer configuration and application settings.

The technology protected by Russian Patent No.101229 is designed to reduce the size of software updates and so the volume of traffic between the server and the client. The technology ensures that the client receives only that part of the latest antivirus databases available on the server that differ from the existing databases on the client's computer.

Russian Patent No.101231 describes a system of adaptive management for mobile device security. With this technology, a device's security policy can be managed depending on its location and the security application's installation type. In order to minimize network traffic, the number of security updates may be reduced to include only those components actually needed in the specific environment where the device is located. The security system will keep track of the new security components being released, and will download the required components in real-time as and when needed.

Another new technology from Kaspersky Lab allows the automatic creation of tools to counteract certain malicious applications. The system includes a database of universal treatment scenarios. Based on this database, an ad-hoc scenario is created to treat specific security incidents reported in the events logs of users' computers. This new technology has been awarded Russian Patent No.101232.

Finally, Russian Patent No.101234 covers a new method for identifying active spam bots and uses a dedicated SMTP session handler that also keeps track of how mail client policies are pursued. These policies may include black lists of IP addresses, various protocol command handling rules, etc. "Kaspersky Lab has always seen innovation as an important factor in the company's development and as a means of maintaining the company's competitive edge. In one go, we have obtained ten new patents covering very diverse areas of information security; this fact alone demonstrates the kind of top-level expertise that Kaspersky Lab has. With these newly patented technologies we will be able to provide our clients with an even higher level of security, performance and usability," stated Nadezhda Kashenko, Patent Law Group Manager at Kaspersky Lab.

The patenting authorities in the USA, Russia, China and Europe are currently reviewing more than 90 patent applications filed by Kaspersky Lab. These applications describe unique and innovative technologies in the field of information security.