Multicore CPUs move attack from theoretical to practical

Many of us use software firewalls, virus scanners, and other security software on our PCs. We expect this software to make our computers safer, but some new research suggests that it contains a whole host of exploitable vulnerabilities.

The Matousec researchers found that common software tools, including Norton Internet Security 2010, McAfee Total Protection 2010, and Trend Micro Internet Security Pro all had flaws that allowed attackers to bypass the protections that these programs offer. The malicious software can do this without even having to run as an Administrator.

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