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Security vendors in faceoff over Open source app

Security Firms Barracuda Networks (opens in new tab) and Trend Micro are locked in a legal battle over the use by the former of open source anti virus application ClamAV.

Trend Micro sells antivirus applications and it is understandable that the outfit was miffed when Barracuda Networks started to bundle the freely available Sourcefire ClamAV application with its products.

It is a bit like Microsoft suing IBM because the latter is giving away Open Source'd Lotus Symphony Office suite with its servers.

Barracuda has called upon the open source community (opens in new tab) to fight along its side against Trend Micro.

TrendMicro, which Matt Asay (opens in new tab) from NewsBlog likens to a larger-than-life Patent Troll, is also attacking Panda software for alleged patent infringement.

The patent in question is the 5,623,600 patent, which covers "Virus Detection and Removal Apparatus For Computer Networks.

Justin Mason, vice president of the Apache Software Foundation, noted that Trend Micro looks to jeopardise the legitimacy of open and free open source software using th so-called '600 patent which deals with Gateway Antivirus Scanning, which Barracuda Networks say is "an obvious and common technique utilized by most businesses worldwide".

Barracuda Networks warns that the outcome of the litigations could mean that millions could potentially be sued by Trend Micro.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.