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“Mac Hacked!” Update May 3, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in News, Security, Updates & Patches.

Apparently that Zero Day Hole in Safari I wrote about in a previous post that allowed a coupla guys to hack into, and win, a Macbook (and US$10K) in the CanSecWest security competition the other week wasn’t even in Safari at all – it was a hole in Quicktime for Java. Which prompted the security update I mentioned in the last post that Apple released a couple of days ago, which upped QT to 7.1.6 to plug that hole exposed by the hacking contest. And it’s not just Mac OS X affected – Quicktime for Windows is equally vulnerable, which is no big surprise.

Quick, fast action by Apple, who was caught with their pants around their ankles. I guess it’s one of the better things to come out of these busywork hacking contests that pop up now and then. A slight problem for Windows users who have disabled the automatic updates though. Let’s be nice to our neighbors and tell them, ok?



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