Is your antivirus securing your PC or making it more hackable?
Internet security specialists are cautioning that against malware innovation is turning out to be less and less successful at ensuring your information and gadgets, and proof security programming can some of the time even make your PC more defenseless against security ruptures.
This week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) issued a warning about popular antivirus software made by Symantec, some of it under the Norton brand, after security researchers with Google’s Project Zero found critical vulnerabilities.
“These vulnerabilities are as bad as it gets. They don’t require any user interaction, they affect the default configuration, and the software runs at the highest privilege levels possible,” wrote Google researcher Tavis Ormandy in a blog post. Symantec said it had verified and addressed the issues in updates that users are advised to install.
It’s not the only instance of security software potentially making your computer less safe.
Concordia University professor Mohammad Mannan and his PhD student Xavier de Carné de Carnavalet recently presented research on antivirus and parental control software packages, including popular brands like AVG, Kaspersky and BitDefender, that bypass some security features built into internet browsers to verify whether sites are safe or not in order to be able to scan encrypted connections for potential threats. In theory, they should make up for it with their own content verification systems.
‘Surprised at how bad they were’
In any case, Mannan’s examination, introduced at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium in California recently, discovered they didn’t make a decent showing with regards to.