Antivirus software is a must for both businesses and consumers to protect themselves against the myriad of threats online.
However, sometimes this software can offer a backdoor into a users system that can be exploited by cybercriminals. Tavis Ormandy, one of Google's information security engineers, recently found such a backdoor in Trend Micro's antivirus software.
Trend Micro has released an automatic update that will patch the security holes in its antivirus software that Ormandy was able to find. In the second half of 2015, dozens of serious vulnerabilities have been found in antivirus software from companies including Kaspersky Lab, ESET, Avast, AVG Technologies, Intel Security and Malwarebytes.
It is essential that the companies producing antivirus software take these vulnerabilities seriously and deal with them in a prompt and thorough manner.