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Thread: 'Extremely Critical' Security Hole Found In Mac OS X

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    'Extremely Critical' Security Hole Found In Mac OS X

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    Security research group Secunia is warning all Mac OS X (news - web sites) users about what it calls a "highly critical" vulnerability. The vulnerability, Secunia says, affects all Mac OS X users who surf the Web using either Apple Computer's Safari Web browsers or Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

    According to Secunia's advisory, two security flaws can be used by malicious Web sites to remotely access at-risk systems. The security holes have been confirmed on systems running Mac OS X with either Safari 1.2.1 or Internet Explorer 5.2, Secunia says.
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    thanks for the heads up moxnix.
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    The best info I've found on this topic comes from
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    all these warnings talk about URI handlers?(does that URI stand for uniform resource identifier?) what URI handlers? are they the help wizards and stuff?

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    Originally posted here by Phonedog911
    all these warnings talk about URI handlers?(does that URI stand for uniform resource identifier?) what URI handlers? are they the help wizards and stuff?

    Two vulnerabilities have been reported in Mac OS X, allowing malicious web sites to compromise a vulnerable system.

    1) The problem is that the "help" URI handler allows execution of arbitrary local scripts (.scpt) via the classic directory traversal character sequence using "help:runscript".

    2) It is also possible to silently place arbitrary files in a known location, including script files, on a user's system using the "disk" URI handler. Files on disk images can be executed without using the "help" URI handler.

    Various variants of the URI handler vulnerabilities are currently being discussed.
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    Got these from the E Letter of the people below, it includes other news on the Apple front
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    Good segment on it from yourmaclife.... 1hour six minutes in...


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