N/APosted on - 01/04/2015
What are the vulnerabilities inherent in anti virus programs? With the ways anti virus software use largest system resource and privileges, an attack lunch at the anti virus prog can cause a great problem to the anti virus prog and the overall system it claims to protect. How can these vulnerabilities be exploited by attackers and how can it mitigate?
Vulnerabilities in anti virus software
Before discussing the vulnerabilities of antivirus software, we must discuss digital criminals. Most people believe attacks are far more sophisticated than they actually are. This is similar to the idea that most identity theft occurs not from hacking, but from something as simple as putting a hard copy of sensitive information in a trash can. The techniques of most attackers are shared information about simple exploits. The best software addresses these simple problems by offering continuing support with updates to not only the database of possible attacks, but updates to the methods of access that an attacker uses to seize or exploit a system. Ideally, software in the build stage should try to utilize as many potent methods for preventing attacks and gathering information about attempts. Some software that attempts to be perhaps too comprehensive results in responsiveness issues in a system.
The exploitation of the privileges of antivirus software is no different from the exploitation of any other software within in a system, but good antivirus software is one step ahead of attackers because it accounts for this possibility.