Posted by: macintoshsisters | November 22, 2006

Mac OS X Recieves Unwanted Attention

Mac OS X Receives Unwanted Attention
David Utter – Staff Writer

A zero-day exploit that takes advantage of the way Mac OS X handles disk image (.dmg) files provided an exclamation point to the growing belief that security researchers are spending more time on the platform.

The exploit described by SecurityFocus comes from a recent post by the security researchers behind the Month of Kernel Bugs blog. To compromise a Mac, the user must be enticed into clicking a link in Safari to a malformed image.

Should this happen, the exploit corrupts memory and could lead to the execution of arbitrary code on the now-compromised system. Safari users can avoid this worry by deactivating the preference permitting “safe” files from being opened after download.

Full article at SecutityProNews

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