Big Mac attack threat

— 2:59 PM on May 21, 2004

Just when you thought it was safe to run a Mac, along comes a serious security flaw in OS X. The vulnerability, first reported to Apple in February, but not made public until this week, already has several working exploits and is considered by some to be "extremely critical". With a carefully crafted website, a motivated individual can install and execute malicious programs and scripts, by taking advantage of web browsers using the operating system's calls for handling URLs (paths such as "http:", "ftp:", etc.). The article provides a workaround for the problem, but Apple has not yet released a fix.

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