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Symantec Antivirus Engine CVE-2016-2208 Memory Corruption Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

May 16, 2016

Description

Symantec Antivirus Engine is prone to a remote memory-corruption vulnerability. An attackers can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code with root privileges. Failed exploit attempts will result in denial-of-service conditions.

Technologies Affected

  • Symantec Anti-Virus Engine 20151.1.0.32

Recommendations

Block external access at the network boundary, unless external parties require service.

If global access isn't needed, filter access to the affected computer at the network boundary. Restricting access to only trusted computers and networks might greatly reduce the likelihood of successful exploits.
Updates are available. Please see the references or vendor advisory for more information.

Credits

Tavis Ormandy with Google’s Project Zero.
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