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We have received word from Brian Mastenbrook, who has discovered security vulnerabilities with Apple stuff in the past, that a severe vulnerability exists in the Safari browser.  Brian says there is a possibility that a hacker can take control of any system that runs Safari due […]

hackerWe have received word from Brian Mastenbrook, who has discovered security vulnerabilities with Apple stuff in the past, that a severe vulnerability exists in the Safari browser.  Brian says there is a possibility that a hacker can take control of any system that runs Safari due to a hole in the way Safari handles RSS feeds.  Brian is not publishing specifics of the security hole to prevent exploitation but he has acknowledgement from Apple that the problem exists.

Mac users can simply change the Safari preferences to use another program to handle RSS feeds.  Windows users who use Safari are not so lucky and it is suggested they use a different browser until Apple issues a fix for the problem.

  1. I’d recommend that Windows users use another browser until Apple stop being so arrogant and get rid of that Apple OS X theme they insist on wrapping around all their software.

    As if it’s not enough that they produce crap software (Quicktime, iTunes, etc.) they also make it as ugly as possible.

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  2. I see little reason to use Safari on Windows given the alternatives. And I see even less reason to use Safari for RSS feeds.

    @Jake — thanks, looks like I am not the only one who believes in the “when in Rome, do as the Romans do…” concept. I hate the L&F of Apple’s Windows apps. I wonder what they’d say if I submitted an iPhone app to them for approval that, heaven forbid, looked like a PalmOS app.

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  3. I dont use Safari for RSS reading, but NewFire so I should be quite safe : )

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