Symantec security gaps create breach, ransomware concerns: DHS

The Homeland Security Department warned of severe security gaps in Symantec and Norton antivirus programs, including those extensively deployed throughout government systems, which could lead to data breaches and ransomware attacks.

“Symantec and Norton branded 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,” DHS officials said in the alert published through the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team.

The weaknesses, according to the alert, affect 24 security products, including Symantec Endpoint Protection, Symantec Email Security, Norton Security, and Symantec Protection for SharePoint Servers.

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