Mac hack may expose Windows users

Mac hackHack-a-Mac contest winner Dino Dai Zovi exploited a zero-day bug in Apple's QuickTime media player. The vulnerability, which is related to how QuickTime handles Java, could also expose Windows users. Dai Zovi says that disabling Java in a browser shields a computer against attacks that exploit the flaw.

Here's an excerpt from the CNET Networks' story:

"It is a vulnerability within QuickTime. Safari and Firefox on Mac OS X are vulnerable," Dai Zovi said. QuickTime is also widely used on Windows machines, so Windows users may also be at risk, he said. "At this time, Firefox on Windows is considered at risk," Dai Zovi said."

For more information about the MacBook hack, check out these other news resources:

$10,000 Mac hack affects Windows too (Macworld)
10 questions for MacBook hacker Dino Dai Zovi (ZDNet)
Mac Hacked by QuickTime Bug "As Serious as ANI" (eWeek)
MacBook Hacked at Security Contest (DailyTech)
Mac hack sparks debate -- Dai Zovi and Macaulay take top prize (Monsters and Critics)

What do you think about Apple's decision to decline to comment about this MacBook hack? Do you think this hack damages the reputation of Mac security? Share your thoughts in this discussion.


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Mary Weilage is a Senior Editor for CBS Interactive. She has worked for TechRepublic since 1999.


Last Friday in apparent ignorance, I installed an Apple Quicktime Player to my Dell laptop and within hours my laptop started to lose functionality in all sorts . . . scripting errors, loss of WindowsXP features and so forth, the tech that takes care of my system didn't know what I had done or how, reinstalling Windows is all I could do to fix the problem. So are the two related?

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