Antivirus software doing the complete opposite and spreading malware

Security researchers have discovered an exploit within an Antivirus software that takes advantage of the “restore from quarantine” function and allows a user to move a piece of malware from the quarantined folder to somewhere else on the victim’s computer, allowing the malware to be executed.

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Commenting on the news is Javvad Malik, security advocate at AlienVault, who said:

This is not the first time we’ve seen evidence of attackers targeting security software directly in order to push malware or compromise clients. It is a reminder that IT security vendors need to pay as much attention to their own security as they do of their customers; if not more so. If compromising security software becomes a common occurrence, it could severely impact the confidence customers have in the entire market.