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A wide range of malicious applications such as spyware, adware and key
loggers
that are often secretly installed on a user's computer to
track.
What else ?

Can someone clarify what does grayware means to me ?


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Re: What is GrayWare ?


| A wide range of malicious applications such as spyware, adware and key
| loggers that are often secretly installed on a user's computer to
| track.
| What else ?
|
| Can someone clarify what does grayware means to me ?


Greyware maybe classified as somewhere between legitimate software and malware.

It sits on the fence and borders on being malware and is not classed as such and
thus is
calssed as greyware.

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Re: What is GrayWare ?

On Sun, 10 Dec 2006 01:33:02 GMT, "David H. Lipman"

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Never heard that term before. I've always referred to it as
"controverialware" ... if that's what we're talking about anyway.
Stuff like keyloggers, port scanners, etc., which have both
legit and malicious uses. Also certain spyware used for legit
research purposes by ISPs who supply connection sw containing
it ... and bury the fact they are spying in the fine print that
nobody reads :) Is McAfee's commercial software detection
option greyware as well? Where is the official definition of
greyware?

Art
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|
| Never heard that term before. I've always referred to it as
| "controverialware" ... if that's what we're talking about anyway.
| Stuff like keyloggers, port scanners, etc., which have both
| legit and malicious uses. Also certain spyware used for legit
| research purposes by ISPs who supply connection sw containing
| it ... and bury the fact they are spying in the fine print that
| nobody reads :) Is McAfee's commercial software detection
| option greyware as well? Where is the official definition of
| greyware?
|
| Art
| http://home.epix.net/~artnpeg


Good question Art.

* Where is the official definition ? *

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Re: What is GrayWare ?

David H. Lipman wrote:
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since when does the english language use official definitions...

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Re: What is GrayWare ?

On Sun, 10 Dec 2006 06:09:58 +0530, parin wrote:

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In general terms "greyware" is called a merchandise from the original
manufacturer, but sold in a different country where it was originally
shipped.

It is not stolen (black ware, on the black market), it is a  valid copy,
at an "unvalid location"

Often happens with cameras, watches. Say Nikon originally  shipped to
the importer  say to Brazil , but sales was slow, they sold to a third
party - shipped to Canada and is selling here - BUT NOT NIKON CANADA .
The product is OK, but no warranty.

I believe same could happen with Microsoft products. Microsoft shipped
it to Microsoft-Canada. Someone bought it at a good price and resells
(but not Microsoft) in Europe. Probably you will not be able to register
with Microsoft, and my not get the correct version - i.e. Eastern
European etc.
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Peter Kerekes

Re: What is GrayWare ?

In Australia Grayware is a slang expression used by the "Authorised
importer/distributor" of software or comercial items eg runners,
sunglasses etc.
The Authorised importer/distributor is "heartbroken" because we locals
are not paying inflated prices for  product that they are importing
and then trying to sell us.   MS allways warns us of the risk of
virues etc in grayware s/w.  I often wonder if this grayware is bought
in say the USA how does it get an infection when crossing the Pacific
Ocean.  Maybe that is  why some software is quite buggy, it has no
imunity to illnesses.
JMC
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On Sun, 10 Dec 2006 12:00:33 -0500, Peter Kerekes

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Re: What is GrayWare ?

There are two totally different meanings for the word Grayware.

Context is everything.

In association with a purchase (of anything), Grayware generally means that
you will avoid local and/or import taxes.

In association with viruses and spyware, it generally means anything that is
not easily categorized into the virus or spyware category. Virus, spyware
and adware definitions are getting cloudier by the minute and are often
defined differently by different vendors. Malware is now a common term to
describe anything "bad". Malware would include "Grayware".

-Frank

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Re: What is GrayWare ?

Frankster wrote:
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I think "abandonware" and "orphanware" could also be counted as gray.

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http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/G/greyware.html
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Re: What is GrayWare ?

parin wrote:
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the world is not black and white... for some software it's not entirely
clear whether it is good or bad even after you know everything it does...

grayware is one term for it... i've also heard it called potentially
unwanted programs...

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now the idiots have taken over
spreading like a social cancer,
is there an answer?"

Re: What is GrayWare ?

The word has been made up by Trend Micro for all software which you
wouldn't normally want in your business environment but you could use
it on your personal computers for all sort of things (like adware for
using "free" software or dialers for connecting to personal desires web
sites:)

This is what Trend Micro says: "software that downloads onto a system
without causing any obvious immediate effect". This is very poor
explanation.

Sophos: PUA is a term used to describe an application that is not
inherently malicious, but is generally considered unsuitable for the
majority of business networks. Potentially unwanted applications
include adware, dialers, remote administration tools and hacking tools.

Synonyms:
Sophos - Potentially unwanted applications (PUA)
McAfee - Potentially unwanted programs (PUP)
Eset - they want to called it "potentially unwanted applications" but
maybe then they realized that Sophos use this one, so Eset is using
"potentially unsafe applications"
...

parin je napisao/la:
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I've always thought that greyware consists of hardware or software sold by
vendors separately instead of as a package. Software sold that was supposed
to be packaged with a system is considered greyware. Same thing with the
hardware, OEM without the packaging.

MM



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