Symantec has issued a patch to plug a vulnerability in its enterprise anti-virus software, which came to light at the end of last week.
The speedy response will stop attackers taking advantage of a flaw which allows internal hackers to take control of enterprise servers.
The flaw, in Version 9 of Symantec’s Anti Virus Corporate Edition product, exposes the server login name and password, along with other security information, when automatic updates to the software are sent by Symantec over the internet.
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Details of such communications are displayed in a log file in clear text on the server. The flaw could be even more damaging if the same login and password is used on other servers managing other sensitive applications.
No attacks taking advantage of the flaw have so far been reported.