McAfee antivirus is regarded as one of the most effective internet security suites and used by millions of individuals in their computers. However, researchers have found a security big in all editions of McAfee antivirus that can be used by hackers to harm the systems of the victims. The fact that no denial has come forward from McAfee antivirus support team confirms the serious nature of this security bug.
Cyber security team of researchers at SafeBreah Labs shocked the world on Tuesday when it said that defense mechanisms of McAfee antivirus products can be bypassed by a security bug called CVE-2019-3648. Once the system’s security has been compromised, it becomes easy for hackers to carry out further attacks to take control of the system.
Realizing the gravity of the situation, developers at McAfee swung into action and released a patch to fix this security bug. This security flaw was brought to the notice of researchers at McAfee in August 2019. It was clear that this bug was affecting all antivirus programs made by the company namely MIS, AVP, and MTP. Engineers at McAfee, even though they acknowledged the problem, termed this security flaw as a medium level vulnerability.
McAfee antivirus support worked hard upon the problem and came up with a solution that they said would fix the vulnerability if all McAfee products. This patch is being referred to as 16.0.R22 Refresh 1. If you are using a McAfee antivirus in your computer, you are advised to download this patch to ensure safety and security of your system.
Recently, another major antivirus maker Avast faced a similar situation where it was told about a security flaw that could be breached by hackers easily. The company not only released a patch but also gave the researcher a cash reward of $5000.
Hackers could gain access to the system of the victim because of this security flaw that gave them administrator privileges. Once this permission rests with the hacker, it is possible for him to take control of the system without much effort.
Researchers at SafeBreach Labs have clearly explained three ways in which the security flaw in McAfee antivirus can be exploited by hackers. Attackers can load and execute malicious payloads to breach the security of the victim’s system. The three main McAfee products that are being used by customers around the country are McAfee Total Protection (MTP), McAfee Internet Security (MIS), and McAfee Antivirus Plus (AVP). Users of all three products have reported that their systems have been impacted because of the presence of a security flaw.
McAfee antivirus support team has said that customers need not worry about the safety and security of their files or systems. The company has released a patch in the form of software that these customers can download and install in their computers. Interestingly, there has been no instance of a McAfee guarded system having been attacked and destroyed by hackers using this security flaw in the last few months. Ostensibly, the problem has been resolved by the engineers in McAfee.