Disable pcAnywhere, Symantec asks

2012-01-26 20:15

Washibgton - Symantec is recommending that users of its pcAnywhere software disable the product following the theft of source code from the US computer security firm.

"At this time, Symantec recommends disabling the product until Symantec releases a final set of software updates that resolve currently known vulnerability risks," the Mountain View, California-based company said.

Symantec, in a technical white paper posted on the firm's website, said the vulnerability to pcAnywhere, which allows for remote PC to PC connections, is the result of a 2006 theft of source code by hackers.

"We believe that source code for the 2006-era versions of the following products was exposed: Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition; Norton Internet Security; Norton SystemWorks [Norton Utilities and Norton GoBack]; and pcAnywhere," Symantec said.

The only identified threat, however, is to pcAnywhere and not any of the Norton products.

"With this incident pcAnywhere customers have increased risk," Symantec said. "Malicious users with access to the source code have an increased ability to identify vulnerabilities and build new exploits."

Symantec's recommendation follows a threat this month by hackers in India to publish the stolen source code.

  • Leon - 2012-01-26 21:57

    Symantec products are cr@p anyway, nobody in his right mind should ever install it!

      naphtaly.calvin - 2012-01-27 01:43

      Some did broer.

  • NiĆ«lle Truter - 2012-01-26 23:15

    if it was stollen in 2006, why only now warn people?

      naphtaly.calvin - 2012-01-27 01:45

      Good question.Remember....USA,my suster,USA.

      skootzie - 2012-01-27 12:15

      Was it stolen in 2006 or was it simply 2006-code? The positioning of words is very important, now I'm not sure if it's poor editing by News24 or if Symantec only now released the news.

  • Sinudeity - 2012-01-27 01:15

    Why pay for crappy av software when you can download Avast! for free?

      morne.deklerk - 2012-01-27 09:30

      Because Avast is useless

      skootzie - 2012-01-27 12:16

      I've had no complaints nor issues with Avast!. It uses the least about of resources and it works. It's better than anything Symantec releases anyway.

      NeoAcheron - 2012-01-27 13:12

      @Morras Dude, I am not an Avast fan, but it is much better than Norton crapware/nagware/spyware... I would rather go for MS security Essentials or AVG though...

  • Vince.York - 2012-01-27 06:46

    The American DREAM is for anyone who can SELL THEMSELF or SELL SOMETHING - even if contrived, and exposed now as the western form of capitalism evidences itself as a manipulated shell to ensure poverty for the majority in only a growing not shrinking population. This theft of code is tantamount to SA's security industry, whereby many millions of people have to ensure violent crime remains high so that they can benefit from easy flows of income from the especially 'new' ownership of security companies, which incidentally often are flooded with totally unqualified youngsters whose certificates are arranged overnight at a price when they are recruited in the townships where there is no chance of employment only to be further abused with often 'no pay' like the Aurora zuma's seemingly do. FEEDING ON ITSELF.

  • Gavin Madlolo - 2012-01-27 07:29

    i dnt knw y i went and installed it on my pc coz i was using kaspersky the whole time. they should refund us if they cnt protect our pc's

      skootzie - 2012-01-27 12:18

      pcAnywhere isn't protection software ...

  • pws69 - 2012-01-27 07:43

    Wow, go Symantec, on that quick notification. You could have sent a notification to each and every PCAnywhere user in the world individually in 5 years. ***shaking head in disbelief*** P.S. Anyone looking for open source software go to

      skootzie - 2012-01-27 12:19

      The question is, was it stolen in 2006 or was it 2006-code that was stolen recently?

  • John - 2012-01-27 07:45

    AVG, Kasperpy, Avast must be the 3 best AV software. Norton and McAfee are anti viruses in their own rights.

      skootzie - 2012-01-27 12:20

      AVG = excessive memory usage (50mb+). Kaspersky = no idea. Avast = all the way. minimal memory usage and it's fast! (8mb during intensive scan).

  • janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-01-27 08:12

    Avast. No question about it, is probably the best free-for-home-use antivirus code available. Stay FAR away from Norton, or, just as bad, McAfee, the hair on my neck shudders whenever I find PCs with those pre-trial-installed. Remove immediately! Check for a detailed comparison of products from the antivirus community.

      janalbert.vandenberg - 2012-01-27 08:14

      Oh, and Clamwin is an open-source code...

  • alayren - 2012-01-27 12:37

    Best AV out there is GFI Vipre Anti Virus - Lifetime Edition, low on resources, very fast and never have to renew your annual licence.

  • NeoAcheron - 2012-01-27 13:10

    Say what? It was stolen in 2006??? Well... Then its already too late you morons!

  • rurapenthe - 2012-01-27 13:18

    So they know it has active vulnerabilities? Wasnt that software going to be release anyway regardless of whether code was stolen or not?

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