IEEE Anti-Malware Support Service (AMSS)

IEEE Anti-malware Support Service (AMSS)

AMSS is no longer operational

IEEE Anti-Malware Support Service (AMSS) is a set of shared support services, created through the collaborative efforts of many of the major players in the computer security industry. It enables the individual security companies and the industry as a whole to respond more effectively and efficiently to the rapidly mutating universe of contemporary malware threats.

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AMSS currently consists of the Clean file Metadata eXchange (CMX).


CMX provides real-time access to information related to clean software files, even prior to the publication of the corresponding software. This can help reduce the number of false positives detected by anti-virus software when more aggressively searching for malware.

The CMX system is live, fully operational, and being utilized. For example, Microsoft is posting all operating system related metadata from Windows XP through Windows 10. New public data being created by all metadata providers, including Microsoft is also being posted, enabling your company to gain access to relevant information about trusted clean software.

There are two types of CMX users:

Providers: They provide the metadata at the time of final software application build, for publicly released software and for internal corporate applications.

  • Requires an invitation, or an already existing Class 3 Digital Code Signing Certificate
  • There is no fee for providers

Consumers: They retrieve the metadata, for use in security product backend systems or other processing.

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