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Microsoft Issues Security Advisory for Apple's Safari Browser

Category: Bugs / Virus
Posted: 07:28AM

Microsoft is looking into reports of issues with Apple's Safari browser installed on Windows XP and Vista machines. Users can be tricked into visiting a malicious web site that download software enabling the remote execution of code on the victim's computer without requiring any action by the victim. Apparently this only affects machines where the default download location in Safari has not been changed. Safari is not installed on Windows machines by default (doh!) and must be installed through Apple’s update application. However, Apple had been making Safari available to users of its iTunes service and installed the browser by default if users updated their iTunes software. Apple suspended that practice after coming under intense criticism from many fronts. Microsoft issued a security advisory on the issue and recommends not using Safari on Windows machines and/or changing the default download location until Apple can resolve the problem.

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