The very anti-malware solutions meant to protect organizations for things like increasing privilege can be exploited to do just that.

The solutions “may unintentionally assist malware in gaining more privileges on the system,” according to a CyberArk blog post penned by Eron Shimony. “The vast number of affected machines is troublesome; probably every Windows machine out there has had at least one software that could be abused to gain elevated privileges via file manipulation attacks.”

Anti-malware solutions “are more vulnerable to exploitation because of their high privilege,” Shimony wrote, explaining that the vendors CyberArk reviewed, by and large, fall for the same types of vulnerabilities. While the number of bugs are “staggering,” many can “be easily eliminated."

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