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Antivirus solutions are now a common component of computer systems. However, security issues pertaining to the antivirus software itself have not captured enough attentions of antivirus vendors and computer users. This paper discusses why antivirus software is vulnerable to various attacks and why its security is so critical. It examines the tools and techniques, especially fuzzing techniques, used by attackers to expose vulnerabilities in antivirus solutions. It also looks at the ways in which attackers exploit these vulnerabilities. The paper thus aims to raise levels of consciousness about the security product.
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