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Symantec and McAfee’s anti-virus software render PCs potentially vulnerable to hackers, security experts have warned.

The two most popular security product vendors have bugs in their widely used antivirus programs, reports www.redherring.com

Researchers have rated the security flaws as high or critical, sending the software makers scrambling for patches to fix the problem.

iDefense flagged a bug in the McAfee Security Center that allows attackers to create or overwrite files. An independent researcher has outlined a bug in Symantec’s product.  

McAfee has stated the vulnerability has been patched. 

Symantec has suggested that users disable the scanning of files with the .rar extension and to visit its LiveUpdate centre for details regarding the problem. 

The problems are untimely for Symantec and McAfee, given that Microsoft is set to launch its anti-virus related tools for consumers.

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