Feeds

Worms own Symantec users

Punishes sys admins too lazy to apply patch

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Corporate users of some Symantec antivirus product are facing persistent attacks that target a vulnerability that the security provider patched more than seven months ago.

The attacks are yet more proof that IT professionals, not just mom and pops running their first PC, are dangerously lax about installing crucial security patches. The exploits turn user PCs into zombies that spew spam and carry out nefarious acts, such as denial of service attacks. The attack targets unpatched versions of Symantec Client Security and Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition, according to CNET.

New variants of the worm that target the vulnerability surfaced in mid December and are proving more effective than previous ones, a senior director of Symantec said. Symantec had initially dismissed the flaw, saying it wasn't likely to be exploited, until the first version of the worm surfaced in November.

Unlike many Symantec updates, which are installed automatically, the fix for corporate antivirus software has to be downloaded on the company's website and manually installed. Symantec is re-evaluating this policy.

The company plans to push a definition to antivirus users that will allow the software to more precisely pinpoint the worm. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker
Natter-board tells middle-class Britain to purée its passwords
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
Canadian teen accused of raiding tax computers using OpenSSL bug
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches
German service pays tribute to Lavabit
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'
So it begins ... or maybe not, says one analyst
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.