Rascals are always sociable, and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others company. Arthur Schopenhauer

Avast’s “Anti Rootkit” driver (also used by AVG) has been found to be vulnerable to two high severity attacks that could potentially lead to privilege escalation by running code in the kernel from a non-administrator user. Avast and AVG are widely deployed products, and these flaws have potentially left many users worldwide vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Given that these products run as privileged services on Windows devices, such bugs in the very software that is intended to protect users from harm present both an opportunity to attackers and a grave threat to users. Vulnerabilities in Avast And AVG Put Millions At Risk