Symantec Detects and Eliminates Recent Pentium III Serial Number Exploit
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center Responds to ActiveX Exploit within Four Hours of Receiving Sample
Cupertino, Calif,. - March 19, 1999 - Symantec Corporation
(Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal
computing, today announced it now provides detection and elimination for the
Pentium III processor serial number exploit released last week by Zero-Knowledge
Systems. Devised by the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center, the detection and
elimination is currently available with the regular weekly virus definitions on
the Symantec web site at www.symantec.com. Symantec customers can download the
new definition set using LiveUpdate.
"Symantec remains firmly committed to ensuring that users enjoy a safe computing
environment. The rapid creation and availability of a new definition set that
detects and eliminates this vulnerability is further evidence of our profound
dedication to addressing users' concerns through innovative and intelligent
software solutions," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security
and Assistance Business Unit.
The Pentium III processor is the newest processor developed by Intel. The
processor includes a serial number feature embedded into the chip during the
manufacturing process. This number serves as an identifier for the processor
and, by association, its system. Intel has encouraged OEMs to ship its
processor serial number control utility with Pentium III processor based systems
so that consumers can easily turn the serial number feature on or off.
Zero-Knowledge Systems, an Internet privacy company, countered by releasing an
ActiveX program that, according to the Montreal-based company, installs
malicious code to read the processor serial number before Intel's control
utility can run and crashes the user's system. The new virus definition set
will now detect and eliminate the Zero-Knowledge ActiveX program.
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