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Avast AntiTrack Vulnerability Exposed Users to MiTM Attacks

Serious security vulnerabilities have been discovered in Avast’s Antitrack and AVG Antitrack tools. Exploiting the flaws could expose users to MiTM attacks whilst downgrading browsers’ security.

Reportedly, researcher David Eade found numerous security vulnerabilities in the Avast Antitrack tool. One of these is a vulnerability in certificate validation feature that could have allowed man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacks.

Elaborating his findings in a post, the researcher stated,

An attacker could not only intercept the victim’s traffic but could also hijack live sessions by cloning cookies, thus bypassing two-factor authentication as well. Exploiting this bug required no user interaction, hence becoming entirely possible for a remote attacker.

The researcher also noticed two other issues with the same tool. At first, it downgraded the browser’s security protocol to TLS 1.0. Then, the chosen cipher suites by the tool did not support Forward Secrecy.

The researcher found the said issues in the Avast Antitrack tool. However, since it shares codes with AVG Antitrack as well, the same vulnerabilities also applied to the latter.

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