UPDATE: Symantec Releases Patch for pcAnywhere

in Incidents, Information Security, News
February 2nd, 2012

Last week, Symantec said it was unable to predict when it would complete its patching of pcAnywhere, citing the unpredictability of its investigation and the creation of the necessary fixes.  However, they have now released an update that addresses the security issues we reported earlier this week.  We therefore will not be implementing an inbound filter to 5631/TCP, 5632/UDP on Sunday 2/5 as previously mentioned.

The updates can be manually downloaded from Symantec’s website, or customers can use pcAnywhere’s built-in updating service to retrieve and install the patches.  http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH179960

Modena also confirmed that customers running versions of pcAnywhere prior to version 12.0 will be offered a free upgrade to 12.5.  “If requested, Symantec will honor an update to version 12.5 for the customer.”

Warm Regards,


Information Security Incident Response Team, Information Services & Technology
Boston University