~4 sources that will make you think twice about the security of AV TLS decryption:
Antivirus Software Weakens HTTPS Security: Researcher
“It seems strange that it turned into something people consider a
legitimate security technology. Filtering should happen on the
endpoint or not at all. Browsers do a lot these days to make your
HTTPS connections more secure. Please don't mess with that.”
ESET representatives said the company is aware of the issues presented
by the researcher.
The researcher reported that Kaspersky’s product is vulnerable to
FREAK attacks, in which an attacker can force clients to use weaker,
export-grade RSA encryption. This can be problematic considering that
Kaspersky intercepts HTTPS traffic by default for important websites,
the expert said.
“I also found a number of other issues. ESET doesn't support TLS 1.2
and therefore uses a less secure encryption algorithm. Avast and ESET
don't support OCSP stapling. Kaspersky enables the insecure TLS
compression feature that will make a user vulnerable to the CRIME
attack,” Böck reported. “Both Avast and Kaspersky accept nonsensical
parameters for Diffie Hellman key exchanges with a size of 8 bit.
Avast is especially interesting because it bundles the Google Chrome
browser. It installs a browser with advanced HTTPS features and lowers
its security right away.”
That was in 2015;
Validating TLS certificates in non-browser software is the most
dangerous code in the world
See "DNS Over TLS" here: https://dnscrypt.info/faq or the source here.
Some Bitdefender products break HTTPS certificate revocation (Source):
If a website’s certificate has been revoked by a certificate
authority—for example, because it was issued fraudulently or because
its private key was compromised by hackers—affected Bitdefender
products will still accept it as valid. More importantly, as part of
their HTTPS scanning feature, they will convert the revoked
certificate into a certificate that local browsers will trust, despite
the fact that under normal circumstances those browsers would reject
the original certificate.
Ditch the HTTPS Scanning feature of your antivirus (Source):
Users might be vulnerable while accessing secure HTTPS websites, and
their antivirus is to blame. A thorough research, conducted by experts
at Mozilla Firefox, Google, Cloudflare and three American
universities, shows that several popular antivirus software
“drastically reduce connection security” and expose users to
decryption attacks. This isn't new by any means and the HTTPS
interception technique used by anti-viruses has been the subject of
debate for several years.
And here's the problem: Security software vendors are poorly handing
inspection after the TLS handshake, according to the researchers.
They’ve looked at eight billion TLS handshakes generated by Firefox,
Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer, with antivirus software on.
Researchers have analyzed Firefox’s update servers, a set of popular
e-commerce websites and the Cloudflare content distribution network.
“In each case, we find more than an order of magnitude more
interception than previously estimated,” the paper reads. They found
interception happening on four percent of connections to Mozilla's
Firefox update servers, 6.2 percent of e-commerce sites, and 10.9
percent of US Cloudflare connections. What’s worrying is that when
intercepted, 97 percent of Firefox, 32 percent of e-commerce, and 54
percent of Cloudflare connections became less secure.
“As a class, interception products drastically reduce connection
security. Most concernedly, 62% of traffic that traverses a network
middlebox has reduced security and 58% of middlebox connections have
severe vulnerabilities,” the report reads.
Not only do security software reduce connection security, but also
introduce vulnerabilities such as failure to validate certificates.
That was in 2017,
The large attack surface and many variables of TLS stack like TLS cipher suite/false_start/secure negotiation, session identifiers, RTT-0, downgrade protection, public key pinning, and other parameters may be broken, downgraded, modified or unavailable by AV TLS and replace specifications of the browser. To be as secure as a browser, all these security mechanisms must be included, and kept up with the times, which is something dedicated web-browsers excel in. It would be best if they could detect and mimic browser settings, however I believe HTTPS interception may also affect non browser products. I see http intercept in ESET internet security/endpoint security is intercepting screen saver web connections. Hopefully they have and will continue to improve rapidly, but the "most dangerous code in the world" is something I would be cautious with. Replacing hundreds of points of failure (one cert in place of hundreds) with one point of failure is risky. Cutting this out may be a necessary change home & enterprise environments to ensure malware is not inadvertently assisted by MITM AV or Middlebox AV. Better alternatives include cisco Encrypted Traffic Analytics: Detection without Decryption