Symantec flaw sees exploitation

By Justin Mann on December 15, 2006, 9:34 PM
A well-known hole Symantec's corporate anti-virus, this one allowing a worm to propagate through vulnerable PCs, is now being exploited. Security firm EEye Digital Security made an announcement concerning the worm, but the announcement was made over seven months ago. Despite that, the flaw is now being exploited, with reports coming in since yesterday. Symantec is more than aware of the flaw, and in fact made a patch available soon after it was discovered. Despite that, many businesses are still running unpatched software, and as a result have come under attack.

While reports of infection are limited, the new worm is still able to find hosts, despite a fix being available for so long. Given that Symantec recently filed suit against a huge piracy ring, it's quite possible that many of these businesses don't know of the flaw because they are using counterfeit software.

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TimeParadoX said:
Why would people even need Norton?It's just a crap security system that a baby could bypass...I mean even befor this flaw was "discovered" people could still go around Norton's security without even being detected
Jesse_hz said:
Norton = Your rights online and how to prevent them.
zephead said:
i was asked specifically by several business customers to install symantec corporate antivirus. i reccomended grisoft's products instead, but apparently there are still people out there who trust the name. more work for me i guess...
Per Hansson said:
I would not be so harsh on Symantec, Norton Antivirus and Symantec Antivirus are two completley different productsYes, Norton Antivirus is probably the most bloated antivirus software in the world...However Symantec Antivirus is for corporations (henche the name corporate) and the reason this problem surfaced is because this software can and should be setup to allow remote management inside the corporation. Thereby opening a TCP port up to the (probably local LAN/WAN in the company)All in all I think Symantec Antivirus is the best corporate antivirus product there is, period. You wont find this functionality in the free products from Grisoft... Then again if you need no remote management abilities it's pretty useless to pay extra to get it anyway...
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