Microsoft Warns Against Using Safari

Discussion in 'IT NEWS & Discussion' started by helper4u, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. helper4u

    helper4u
    Expand Collapse
    Newbie

    Joined:
    May 27, 2008
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    23
    Microsoft on Friday warned of a serious risk to people who use Safari on Windows XP or Vista, going so far as to suggest people "restrict use of Safari as a web browser until an appropriate update is available from Microsoft and/or Apple."

    Good news is that according to Redmond there aren't yet any known attacks against the flaw. Bad news is that if anyone does create such an attack, a crook could install any software he wished - such as 'bot' malware that allows for complete remote control - on a victim PC.

    The threat targets two separate flaws, one in Safari and one in IE, and you'd have to first browse a malicious site with Safari. Doing so would download unwanted software onto your desktop, which could then be executed without your permission by triggering a separate flaw in IE (and you wouldn't have to start IE to get hit). In its security advisory, Microsoft acknowledges the critical risk of 'remote code execution,' which is as bad as it gets.

    Apple, on the other hand, says "we are not treating this as a security issue," according to a quoted e-mail posted by stopbadware.org. Not a good move, if you ask me.

    If you do use Safari, Microsoft says you can apply a workaround to protect yourself. Change the default download location (normally the desktop) in Safari with the following steps:

    Launch Safari. Under the Edit menu select Preferences.

    At the option where it states Save Downloaded Files to:, select a different location on the local drive.

    For more information on the hole, see "Safari Flaw Worse Than First Thought, Microsoft Warns," from the IDG News Service's Robert McMillan.
     
  2. unique-style

    unique-style
    Expand Collapse
    °Oº*ÑÅTû®ãll¥ ÛñîQûÉ*°Oº
    VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2007
    Messages:
    28,055
    Likes Received:
    11,918
    Aha nice information {(popcorn)}
     
  3. Dark

    Dark
    Expand Collapse
    Darknes will Fall
    VIP

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2007
    Messages:
    28,804
    Likes Received:
    12,543
    {(moc)}{(moc)}
     
  4. Waqar Hussain

    Waqar Hussain
    Expand Collapse
    M@In ALbela M@I M@sTana
    VIP

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2008
    Messages:
    26,932
    Likes Received:
    5,548
    {(goodpost)}
     
  5. Precious

    Precious
    Expand Collapse
    Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2008
    Messages:
    782
    Likes Received:
    63
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

    Jazak Allah Khair.
     
  6. chota_don

    chota_don
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2008
    Messages:
    250
    Likes Received:
    121
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

    Jazak Allah Khair.
     
  7. bessemzitouni

    bessemzitouni
    Expand Collapse
    Newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2009
    Messages:
    241
    Likes Received:
    60
    {(wellcome)}
    thanks man
    {(lol)}
    {()|ewq
    {(goodpost)}
     
  8. nrbhayo

    nrbhayo
    Expand Collapse
    Newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2009
    Messages:
    111,082
    Likes Received:
    9,732
    nice sharing...
     

Share This Page