Stupid Sify Broadband client

Posted on August 20, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Yet another issue with Sify BBClient. It doesn’t recognize BitDefender antivirus software installed on the system. It always asks me to install Anti-Virus first and connect to the net. Effectively no connection until I install AV recognized by it!

Fired up ollydbg and debugged the app. When it connects to the Sify gateway, it gets an XML which contains recognized AV products. something like:

<Tool Desc=”McAfee ManagedVirusScan” key=”HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\McAfee\ManagedServices” action=”RS”/>
<Tool Desc=”TrendMicro” key=”HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TrendMicro\PC-cillin” action=”RS”/>

So all this stupid app does is check if Registry entry key is present. If it is, then you have it. So what I did is simply add PC-cillin registry entry and voila! it thinks my system has what it expects and allows me connect to the net.

To,

The Manager,

SIFY Broadband dept.

Hire some decent programmers to write your apps. Not those losers passing out of Private engg. colleges. Do you have design documents atleast? or was it ad-hoc development? How the hell can you allow only McAfee, Norton and Trend products in your recognized AV List? Ignorance or stupidity?

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