Apple Released Security Update for Eight Flaws
As per the news by Vnunet.com on July 13, 2007, Apple has launched a QuickTime security update, which settles eight flaws, including seven, which could also be exploited to remotely execute the code.
Four out of the eight remote codes execution flaws were discovered in the QuickTime's Java components. Out of four, three flaws will allow a hacker to implement arbitrary code and the fourth one enables the hacker to take a screenshot of user's PC.
QuickTime is always known as Mac OS' system component since 1991. Also, it has become a staple of Windows system in past some years due to its inclusion as a part pf Apple's iTunes media player.
In 2007, with the help of QuickTime security update, Apple has been able to fix 100 flaws in OS X. Moreover, the fear of malware to the customers of Mac is less significant in comparison to the users of Microsoft Windows.
The Mac maker has settled vulnerabilities, which occurred due to customers accessing harmful websites, opening an email attachment and watching a video file.
According to the news by News.zdnet on July 11, 2007, senior security specialist at antivirus firm F-secure, Patrik Runald said that there have been no viruses for OS X except few but looking from that point of view, the chances of getting hit on an Apple are feeble as compared to PCs.
Eugene Dozortsev, Vice President of Development, CA (a software vendor), is not really sure about the safety of Mac users. As per the news published by News.zdnet on July 11, 2007, Dozortsev said that the Mac is as dangerous as everything else. He cautions against presuming any false notions that there are no viruses on Mac. He said that many things, such as email worms and Trojans, affect the Mac as it would affect the world of PC.
Recently, a worm called "Badbunny", has affected the users of Apple and it has emerged as a huge threat to OpenOffice documents. Moreover, it has also attacked the open source office productivity suite rather than the Apple platform itself. Further, Badbunny has also affected the Linux and Windows systems running OpenOffice.
No doubt, the Apple's iPhone provides an attack vector for the authors of malware, but the fear from the new device, which is only a few weeks old, is yet unspoken.
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