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Safari 3.1 For Windows Vulnerable To Hackers




Safari 3.1 For Windows Vulnerable To Hackers
Safari 3.1 For Windows Vulnerable To Hackers



http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID 7000123 

By Paul McDougall
InformationWeek
March 27, 2008 

Researchers at software security firm Secunia said they've found two 
"highly critical" vulnerabilities in Apple's Safari 3.1 For Windows 
browser.

In one instance, files with long names downloaded via the browser "can 
be exploited to cause memory corruption," according to Secunia. That 
could result in the host computer becoming vulnerable to arbitrary code 
execution -- a situation where intruders can remotely execute commands 
on the targeted machine.

The other vulnerability lets hackers display their own content in pages 
loaded into Safari 3.1 without changing what's displayed in the 
browser's URL address bar.

Secunia notes that neither vulnerability has been patched by Apple.

Word of the problems is the latest black eye for Safari 3.1.

A number of users have complained that the browser functions poorly, or 
crashes altogether, on computers running Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)'s 
Windows XP operating system.

"When I try to start Safari 3.1 in Windows XP, it crashes right away," 
said SakJosep, in a post currently on Apple's online support forum.

Such complaints are echoing across a Safari support forum thread on 
Apple's Web site.

Apple's also been hit with criticism for the way it launched the new 
browser last week. The company included it as a stealth update for users 
of its iTunes and QuickTime software. Mozilla CEO John Lilly likened the 
strategy to tactics used by hackers to insert malicious code into 
downloads.

"Apple has made it incredibly easy -- the default, even -- for users to 
install ride along software that they didn't ask for, and maybe didn't 
want," said Lilly, in a blog post. "This is wrong, and borders on 
malware distribution practices."

Safari competes with Mozilla's Firefox product in the Web browser 
market.


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