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Researchers spot security holes in McAfee website

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By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 29 Mar 2011 at 14:54

Researchers have revealed three security flaws in McAfee's website.

The researchers from the YGN Ethical Hacker Group published the security holes online after warning McAfee of the flaws in February.

One of the flaws was a cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could allow the site to be spoofed. The other two flaws were information disclosures, that showed source code and application data.

McAfee stressed that the flaws didn't put customer data at risk.

"It is important to note that these vulnerabilities do not expose any of McAfee's customer, partner or corporate information," a McAfee spokesperson said in a statement. "Additionally, we have not seen any malicious exploitation of the vulnerabilities."

"McAfee has strict policies in place for its own websites and for services provided by third parties," McAfee added. "We are investigating how these particular vulnerabilities were not identified in our screening process and will adjust our processes if necessary."

The researchers noted similar flaws have been found on the McAfee website over the past three years.

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User comments

You cannot be serious?

So the fact the site can be spoofed and lead users to malware infected versions of their downloads is not serious enough for McAfee? They can't say the risk is minimal because such a statement will come back to bite them. Just because they haven't been exploited yet doesn't mean they won't be. especially now there are articles like this on the net.

By mr_chips on 29 Mar 2011

Their software lets viruses run free, so a spoofable website fits well.

Our scores are viruses found 0, virus infections 3. Malware found 0, malware not found 2.

By tirons1 on 29 Mar 2011

yeah but...

"It is important to note that these vulnerabilities do not expose any of McAfee's customer, partner or corporate information," a McAfee spokesperson...

In my opinion using mcafee's products is what puts their customers at risk.

By MrAnadin on 29 Mar 2011

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