Symantec Anti Virus Vulnerability

A security researcher has uncovered a dangerous weakness in Symantec's antivirus products that could allow malware to corrupt the software and execute malicious programs on the user's computer.

Alex Wheeler, a security researcher who recently left Internet Security Systems' said there is a problem in the way that Symantec's software unwraps RAR files, a form of file compression similar to ZIP files. Wheeler found that a virus or worm hidden inside a specially crafted RAR file could be made to run on the user's machine and allow attackers to take complete control over computers running the program. Security Fix - Brian Krebs on Computer and Internet Security - (

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 20th December 2005 10:49PM