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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:13 am    Post subject: Safari Vulnerability? Reply with quote

Below is from a weekend news letter I get from Kim Komando. Is this something to be concerned about?


SAFARI VULNERABILITY PUTS MAC USERS AT RISK
The Month of Apple Bugs project is in full swing. Two researchers are disclosing a new flaw in Mac OS X and Apple software every day this month. They're also publishing details on how to exploit the flaws.

This week, they disclosed a flaw in the Safari Web browser. The browser's "open safe" feature exposes computers to attacks. A downloaded file could be opened automatically. Hackers could take advantage of this feature to hijack Apple machines. Security firm Secunia has rated the problem highly critical.

Mac OS X 10.4.8 and possibly previous versions of the operating system are affected. If you use Safari, you should disable "open safe." In Safari, open the Safari menu and select Preferences. On the General tab, deselect 'Open "safe" files after downloading.'


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The open "safe" files is a feature not a flaw. Some people want files to auto open after a download.

Simply turn the auto open after downloading OFF. You also should not be using an Admin account to surf the net.

Safari - Preferences - make sure the open "safe" files after downloading is NOT checked (it is checked by default, that's the issue).
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over-zealous PC hackers looking for ways to make Vista look more secure next to "last year's" OS X. Like Bandit Bill suggested, it's not a flaw, but a feature, although not one I would use for security reasons.

I wouldn't worry about it. After all, you could be surfing the internet on IE6 Very Happy.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Safari Vulnerability? Reply with quote

lot41 wrote:
This week, they disclosed a flaw in the Safari Web browser. The browser's "open safe" feature exposes computers to attacks. A downloaded file could be opened automatically. Hackers could take advantage of this feature to hijack Apple machines. Security firm Secunia has rated the problem highly critical.



This issue was discussed quite a few months ago, I am sure most people are aware of it by now.
But, if they are finding one "flaw" per day, what are the others?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

is it worth investing in an antivirus? does AVG do a mac version?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ClamXav works well, but I rarely use it. Just be cautious of things you download. Taking heed of Bandits suggestions will keep one safe as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jordz84 wrote:
is it worth investing in an antivirus? does AVG do a mac version?

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AVG are reportedly working on a version for Mac OSX, but dont hold your breath, But, I think these are more security issues than viruses, and by the look of them seem to mostly affect Quicktime and Java rather than osX itself.
Probably more hype than substance........

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