Feeds

Symantec and Trend grapple with buffer overflow bugs

Who guards the guards?

Security for virtualized datacentres

Security products from both Trend Micro and Symantec - two of the big three anti-virus players - have become the subject of serious security vulnerabilities.

Errors in Symantec's Decomposer engine create a denial of service or system compromise risk for several enterprise security products (such as Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange and AntiVirus for Network Attached Storage).

Vulnerabilities triggered when processing malformed RAR archive files might be used to inject malware onto vulnerable systems (in the most serious case) or crash servers.

Security researchers at iDefense discovered the flaws. Symantec published an advisory on Tuesday explaining how sys admins can update their software.

Decomposer components decompress or unpack files. The components have been something of a weak spot in Symantec products of late. As well as being the root cause of the latest security bugs, troubles in updating Decomposer files were behind an error-generating bug that caused all sorts of grief for corporate sys admins earlier this month.

Separately, independent security researchers have discovered buffer overflow bugs in OfficeScan and Policy Server software packages from Trend Micro. Sys admins are advised to restrict network access to the services pending the availability of patches. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)
So nasty no one's even whispering until patch is out
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar
Michael Daniel wants to kill passwords dead
FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones
Claims it's what the Founding Fathers would have wanted – catching killers and pedos
Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE
Pull it out ASAP, it is SWISS CHEESE
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
Admins! Never mind POODLE, there're NEW OpenSSL bugs to splat
Four new patches for open-source crypto libraries
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.