Wormable flaws in Symantec products expose millions of computers to hacking
A Google security researcher has found high severity vulnerabilities in enterprise and consumer products from antivirus vendor Symantec that could be easily be exploited by hackers to take control of computers.
Symantec released patches for the affected products, but while some products were updated automatically, some affected enterprise products could require manual intervention.
The flaws were found by Tavis Ormandy, a researcher with Google’s Project Zero team who has found similar vulnerabilities in antivirus products from other vendors. They highlight the poor state of software security in the antivirus world, something that has been noted by researchers.