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Hackers have posted the source code for two Symantec security products, claiming they obtained the information from systems belonging to Indian military intelligence. The products affected are four and five years old, Symantec said. "If the source code from product released in the past three or four years was compromised, I'd be pretty concerned," said security consultant Randy Abrams.
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Doesn't sound good at all for Symantec....
 

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Ouch?
 

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The products affected are four and five years old
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If the source code from product released in the past three or four years was compromised, I'd be pretty concerned
Seems too me like self-contradicting.

It's unlikely that there will be any exploits that will leave users vulnerable seeing it's mostly legacy code though.
 

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I thought, from the other story around here about the "hack" that got the source code, that the code is quite old, and really isn't used to any extent for any of symantec's more-current security products? I'm sure there's always SOME bit of source code shared from old products, but from the other things I've come across about this, it's not a very serious security issue for product users.
 

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The first article was over hyped. This is still a big deal, but not something to freak out about.
 

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The first article was over hyped. This is still a big deal, but not something to freak out about.
Yea because millions of machines don't have older symantec products installed or anything...
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Its Ironic, in a sense.
 

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If they have old/out of date anti-virus software they deserve to get a virus.
anti-virus software is outdated. I haven't used anything, even windows defender, and any virus/trojan I've found on my system has been my own darn fault.

10 years with no anti-vi/anti-mal and 3 "trojan/viruses" total. I run these cleaners maybe twice a year, if I remember.

Smart browsing, is, IMHO, a heck of a lot more effective than any anti-virus/malware program on the market today.
 

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anti-virus software is outdated. I haven't used anything, even windows defender, and any virus/trojan I've found on my system has been my own darn fault.

10 years with no anti-vi/anti-mal and 3 "trojan/viruses" total. I run these cleaners maybe twice a year, if I remember.

Smart browsing, is, IMHO, a heck of a lot more effective than any anti-virus/malware program on the market today.
I haven't found a single virus/trojan/etc in my system in the last 4 years. And i don't use any AV programs.
 

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I haven't found a single virus/trojan/etc in my system in the last 4 years. And i don't use any AV programs.
Exactly.

Smart Browsing FTW!
 

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The products affected are four and five years old
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If the source code from product released in the past three or four years was compromised, I'd be pretty concerned
Seems too me like self-contradicting.
It's unlikely that there will be any exploits that will leave users vulnerable seeing it's mostly legacy code though.
Not at all. Symantec conducted a full code rewrite 3-4 years ago, and came out with an extremely capable product.
 

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Originally Posted by Nocturin View Post

anti-virus software is outdated. I haven't used anything, even windows defender, and any virus/trojan I've found on my system has been my own darn fault.

10 years with no anti-vi/anti-mal and 3 "trojan/viruses" total. I run these cleaners maybe twice a year, if I remember.

Smart browsing, is, IMHO, a heck of a lot more effective than any anti-virus/malware program on the market today.
This is exactly whats needed
 

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Yea because millions of machines don't have older symantec products installed or anything...
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If they have old/out of date anti-virus software they deserve to get a virus.
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Not everyone can afford to upgrade every year, and just because you have an old product doesn't mean it's out of date.
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If they have old/out of date anti-virus software they deserve to get a virus.
anti-virus software is outdated. I haven't used anything, even windows defender, and any virus/trojan I've found on my system has been my own darn fault.

10 years with no anti-vi/anti-mal and 3 "trojan/viruses" total. I run these cleaners maybe twice a year, if I remember.

Smart browsing, is, IMHO, a heck of a lot more effective than any anti-virus/malware program on the market today.
This is the best solution. Hence the reason why I teach my clients if they're willing to learn how to use firefox with noscript add-on.
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anti-virus software is outdated. I haven't used anything, even windows defender, and any virus/trojan I've found on my system has been my own darn fault.

10 years with no anti-vi/anti-mal and 3 "trojan/viruses" total. I run these cleaners maybe twice a year, if I remember.

Smart browsing, is, IMHO, a heck of a lot more effective than any anti-virus/malware program on the market today.
I haven't found a single virus/trojan/etc in my system in the last 4 years. And i don't use any AV programs.
An educated user is the ultimate anti-virus. However not everyone wants to learn how to be safe, so in a sense I don't feel bad, but I don't like anti-virus companies to begin with as I think they are the culprits behind a lot of malware themselves.
 

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Smart browsing, is, IMHO, a heck of a lot more effective than any anti-virus/malware program on the market today.
This is a beautiful thought and of course it's true too. But it only works for that 1% of internet users that know how to use it
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Then of course there are public institutions like workplaces and schools that can't expect every PC user to care about what apps they run or download. Also, if it's your job to inspect/evaluate/review other peoples' software/documents/media on your PC (freelance journalist etc.) , you can't always decide what you will and will not run on your PC.
 

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Smart browsing, is, IMHO, a heck of a lot more effective than any anti-virus/malware program on the market today.
But not perfect. Legitimate sites can be compromised and send extra gifts to your computer when you visit them. TBH, the only smart browsing is no browsing.
 

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Ouch to image, but nothing of value has been taken/released.
You have it all wrong. It's of a lot of value - it's the source code of software installed on millions of computers.

If spread online, it would probably lead to a bunch of new viruses exploiting vulnerabilities in the software.
 
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