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New Quicktime vulnerability allows malicious attack

Written by Dave Horvath @ 02 Jan 2007 10:34 User comments (6)

New Quicktime vulnerability allows malicious attack A newly discovered vulnerability in Apple's Quicktime application could allow your computer to be open to specific attacks. Currently unpatched, this vulnerability appears to effect version 7.1.3.100 for the Windows client and is reported to effect the Macintosh OSX version as well.
The vulnerability uses a flaw in the RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol) handling part of the code. If a user were to retrieve a streaming video that contained more than 256 bytes in the "src" portion of the URL, this would then compromise the machine. A successful attack then allows malicious code to be processed on the user's computer. No word yet on a patch.

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6 user comments

12.1.2007 10:52

<---- Updates his security software and hopes for the best until a patch is out.

22.1.2007 11:09

looks likes macs won't be "virus free" now

32.1.2007 12:53

Just because a vulnerability exists, that doesn't mean that virus coders will jump on it. Why write viruses that only effect 3% of the population? Until malicious coders feel that Apple computers make up a large enough population that it would be worth it, no one will bother.

42.1.2007 16:23

"Until malicious coders feel that Apple computers make up a large enough population that it would be worth it, no one will bother."

How many iTunes users are out there? Millions I'm sure. That's how many people and more this exploit will affect.

Although this is not a system virus, macs are not quite relatively virus "free", there has always been Mac office exploits out there. I think there was another last week, as well as Java and Flash exploits that have always been around and can still affect macs. Remember in the old SE days the renaming of the Hard Drive ".sony"?

I am a linux user and only have QT on Wine through CrossOver so this doesn't really affect me anyways.

(edited for grammar)

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 02 Jan 2007 @ 16:25

52.1.2007 19:21
gogochar
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Quote:
looks likes macs won't be "virus free" now
Macs have always had viruses. It's just that they are built better than Windows.

62.1.2007 20:59

"How many iTunes users are out there? Millions I'm sure. That's how many people and more this exploit will affect. " The exploit is within Quicktime, not iTunes. Granted, they install together, but few use QT; iTunes is the real draw. There are plenty of iTunes users out there, but that's not what I said. Remember that I said Apple computers, not Apple software. There are plenty of hacks/viruses/etc. that exploit apple software-but only when it's released for windows. I never said this exploit wouldn't be used by people writing malicious code on a PC. I said no one will bother exploiting it for Mac.

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