Symantec's AntiVirus software makes OS X less secure

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by greatdevourer, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

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    Secure OS X reports on a "highly critical" flaw that has been discovered in Symantec's AntiVirus software for Mac OS X. This flaw is the latest in a bevy of other issues caused by the AutoProtect component of Symantec's Norton AntiVirus under Mac OS X 10.4.x

    http://www.macfixit.com/article.php?story=20051221093111211

    Can you say "pwnd"? :D
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Heh...it's a good thing there are no OS X viruses to exploit this vulnerability. :D

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  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    FINALLY.. that's the last nail in the Symantec coffin. I hope. Now if only PC users would help let Symantec go into that gentle night..
     
  4. jhu macrumors 6502a

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  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    That was pretty evil! Glad it's been patched for three years. :D But if I understand correctly, you had to be on the same subnet or upstream of the requesting computer, in order to ever see the packets involved, didn't you? You wouldn't see packets attempting to make a connection between my computer and Apple.com from where you're standing, would you?
     

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