Symantec had promised to release a security patch for its pcAnywhere software to neutralize known vulnerabilities arising from the theft of certain source code, and the security firm has now made good on its word. The first patch was actually rolled out on Monday, January 23, 2012 for pcAnywhere 12.5 users, but there's another update now available to support pcAnywhere 12.0 and 12.1.
With the patch(s) in place and the ability to follow general security best practices, Symantec says its customers have nothing to worry about. Symantec was also willing to confirm that a portion of its source code was stolen by the hacking group known as Anonymous, though it believes the theft occurred around six years ago and mostly applies to out-of-date products.
"Our investigation continues to indicate that the theft is limited to only the code for the 2006 versions of Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition, Norton Internet Security, Norton SystemWorks (Norton Utilities and Norton GoBack), and pcAnywhere," Symantec said.