Homeland Security Warns About Latest Dangerous Apple Browser Bug
May 10, 2010 5:20 PM
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Apple, which perpetually makes fun of Microsoft's Windows for being "buggy" and "virus prone" is yet again endangering its users with lax security and poorly written code.
This time Apple's latest security woe is a "highly critical" flaw in its Safari browser; and Apple is yet again silent on the issue.
Cyberthieves can use the vulnerability to execute arbitrary code, steal information
when it comes to security has yet again come back to bite it. This time Danish security research firm Secunia
yet another vulnerability in the web browser Safari, which they billed as "highly critical" -- their most serious rating.
Secondary confirmation of the bug came from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) (part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security), which
an advisory after Polish researcher Krystian Kloskowski disclosed the bug on Friday.
The bug exploits Apple's
of code that handle's the browser's parent windows. According to Secunia, "This can be exploited to execute arbitrary code when a user visits a specially-crafted Web page and closes opened pop-up windows."
US-CERT adds that HTML email opened in webmail services such as Gmail or Windows Live Hotmail may also exploit the flaw. By compromising the operating system, hackers are free to log user information (such as credit cards or personal contacts) and install malware to accomplish a host of evils.
The flaw works in Windows 7 on the latest version of Safari 4 (4.0.5). "Other versions may also be affected" according to US-CERT -- so OS X users of Safari aren't off the hook yet. Charlie Miller, noted Mac hacker and security expert was not available to verify whether the bug existed in OS X. He's on vacation after hacking Safari and
earning $10,000 in loot
in March at the Pwn2Own contest.
Miller has stated that Macs and Apple software are often easier to hack than PCs and Windows software. Overall there's been relatively little interest in hacking Macs or Apple products, but what little attention there has been has revealed a host of security flaws. Apple patched 16 flaws in Safari in mid-March -- including 10 that affected OS X. Miller's exploit was among those flaws fixed.
Many security experts have criticized Apple's lax stance on security and poorly implemented products. Charlie Miller
Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town.
Mac researcher Dino Dai Zovi
once put it
There is no magic fairy dust protecting Macs. Writing exploits for [Microsoft] Vista is hard work. Writing exploits for Mac is a lot of fun.
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5/11/2010 12:51:54 PM
You aren't the only one.
My wife had an Art teacher that preached that all Apple products are the best on the market. This teacher told all of the students they had to purchase an Apple Mac PC to use Adobe Photoshop because Windows based PCs couldn't run the software. This was the software they used in the class.
At the time we had an Athlon X2 HP PC, and I told my wife "Give me one day and I will show you that your teacher is full of BS".
I searched online for a legit downloadable version, showed my wife and she returned to class and told the teacher. Let's just say he was very protective and wanted to debate with my wife that she was lying.
"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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