Article ID : 00152594 / Last Modified : 07/08/2016

ALERT: Symantec and Norton security products contain critical vulnerabilities

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Symantec® and Norton® antivirus products contain multiple vulnerabilities. Some of these products are in widespread use throughout government and industry. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system. For more information including a description of the vulnerabilities, visit the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) website or the Symantec Security Center website.

Affected Models:

Any Computer or mobile device that uses Symantec and Norton antivirus products

Solution:

Symantec has provided patches or hotfixes to these vulnerabilities in their SYM16-008 and SYM16-010 security advisories.

US-CERT encourages users and network administrators to patch Symantec or Norton antivirus products immediately. While there has been no evidence of exploitation, the ease of attack, widespread nature of the products, and severity of the exploit may make this vulnerability a popular target.