Anti-virus Absurdity

December 24th, 2005

Computer Security

There is a bug in the Norton anti-virus program that will allow a specially-crafted RAR file to gain control of your computer while the file is being scanned for viruses. If you have your system set up to automatically scan incoming email attachments (and who doesn’t), you could lose control of your system without even opening the message. Fortunately there is no known virus in the wild that exploits this vulnerability, and there are workarounds. But it’s definitely time to run LiveUpdate.

http://www.newscientist.com/…

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/…

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