Symantec recommends disabling pcAnywhere and waiting for security patches

Symantec identified serious security issues in pcAnywhere after the product's code was stolen

By Lucian Constantin, IDG News Service |  Security, anonymous, Symantec

In addition to being sold as a stand-alone program, pcAnywhere is also bundled with other Syamantec products like Altiris Client Management Suite version 7.0 or later, Altiris IT Management Suite version 7.0 or later and Altiris Deployment Solution with Remote v7.1.

"Our current analysis shows that all pcAnywhere 12.0, 12.1 and 12.5 customers are at increased risk, as well as customers with prior, unsupported versions of the product," Symantec said in its white paper.

A patch for pcAnywhere 12.5 was released on Tuesday in order to address two security vulnerabilities that could lead to arbitrary code execution or privilege escalation. The flaws were reported privately to Symantec by security researchers Tal Seltzer and Edward Torkington.

"Additional patches are planned for release during the week of January 23 for pcAnywhere 12.0, pcAnywhere 12.1 and pcAnywhere 12.5," Christine Ewing, director of product marketing for Symantec's Endpoint Management group, said in a blog post on Tuesday. "Symantec will continue to issue patches as needed until a new version of pcAnywhere that addresses all currently known vulnerabilities is released."

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