Older Symantec anti-virus source code leaked

It sounds at first to be a worse case scenario: a well known maker of anti-virus software now has to deal with the release of the source code for two of its products. This happened to Symantec this week, according to The Register, but in this particular case there doesn't appear to be a huge cause for alarm.

The hacker group The Lords of Dharmaraja, based in India, claimed earlier this week that they had gotten a hold of the anti-virus source code via an attack on Indian government servers. However, Symantec claims in a statement that the source code that the group has secured isn't all that it is cracked up to be:

Symantec can confirm that a segment of its source code used in two of our older enterprise products has been accessed, one of which has been discontinued. The code involved is four and five years old. This does not affect Symantec's Norton products for our consumer customers.

The company added that while the source code was not taken from Symatec's servers, it added that it is investigating the matter. Symantec also said it " ... is working to develop remediation process to ensure long-term protection for our customers' information. We will communicate that process once the steps have been finalized."

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I use to like norton products, until Symantec got a hold of it. Norton desktop for windows was the last "norton" product I ever had. Norton AV is a virus...try to remove it.

Pink Floyd said,
it's always funny to see a seciruty firm being hacked
Maybe try reading the article next time? It was the Indian government that got hacked, not Symantec.

i guess they are expert in security except their own. by their low profile and calming responses, the hypocrisy is obviously strong in these so-called iternet security companies.

Albert said,
i guess they are expert in security except their own. by their low profile and calming responses, the hypocrisy is obviously strong in these so-called iternet security companies.

Well, it wasn't THEIR security that was breeched... And also, it was an old product. Not saying it's completely a non issue, but it's nowhere near as bad as it could be.

Simon- said,
What were the Indian Government doing with the source code more importantly?

That came to my mind eventually. What is our govt upto?

Simon- said,
What were the Indian Government doing with the source code more importantly?

If you click the link in the story you will get this:


Sources have told us in the past that anti-virus firms were obliged to share both source-code and virus samples prior to been allowing to trade in China. We've never been able to prove this and only mention it as an anecdote that's worth considering when thinking about the recent run of malware-powered cyber-espionage attacks, routinely blamed on China

Big deal if the code is 5 years old. likely there would have been minimal to no changes to it in that time anyway. its pretty much the signatures that change, not the programs. I'm still running a 8 year old corporate norton antivirus on one of my machines. it still works, still gets updates.

dvb2000 said,
Big deal if the code is 5 years old. likely there would have been minimal to no changes to it in that time anyway. its pretty much the signatures that change, not the programs. I'm still running a 8 year old corporate norton antivirus on one of my machines. it still works, still gets updates.

I dunno if this is comparable to their Norton line, but there have been massive changes in the last 5 years... Speed changes alone underlay a complete rework of their system...

Norton code is a closely guarded secret. We don't want anyone to have access to this devastating virus, it can halt to a crawl even the latest computers.

Atreus said,
Norton code is a closely guarded secret. We don't want anyone to have access to this devastating virus, it can halt to a crawl even the latest computers.

The world might just end in 2012.

Imagine if this crap managed to get out into the wild D:

Atreus said,
Norton code is a closely guarded secret. We don't want anyone to have access to this devastating virus, it can halt to a crawl even the latest computers.
It's like 2009 never happened ...

calimike said,
According to The Verge, Symantec spox say anti-virus 10.2 discontinued

Yep, has been for a while... I still have it running at a couple of sites, but i'm due to replace it.

Lol at the group's name. The enlightened people in the Indian government won't give a $$$$ as long as this matter fetches them some money or becomes an issue in the parliament.

sanke1 said,
Lol at the group's name. The enlightened people in the Indian government won't give a $$$$ as long as this matter fetches them some money or becomes an issue in the parliament.

I dont know why but when i read the name of group, it reminded me of Mahabharat ( program )