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Critical flaw in ESET products shows why spy groups are interested in antivirus programs

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    Several antivirus products from security firm ESET had a critical vulnerability that was easy to exploit and could lead to a full system compromise.

    The discovery of the flaw, which has now been patched, comes on the heels of a report that intelligence agencies from the U.K. and the U.S. are reverse engineering antivirus products in search for vulnerabilities and methods to bypass detection.

    The vulnerability in ESET products was discovered by Google security engineer Tavis Ormandy and was located in their emulator, the antivirus component responsible for unpacking and executing potentially malicious code inside a safe environment so that it can be scanned.

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