Warnings sounded over serious Apple flaws

Security company, EEye has warned of two serious bugs in Apple media software, putting both Windows and Mac OS X systems at risk.

The new reports follow a string of security warnings this year that threaten to end the widespread perception that Apple's software is relatively secure.

EEye last week reported two separate flaws affecting QuickTime and iTunes, both allowing attackers to potentially execute malicious code on a system.

Both affect Mac OS X as well as Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows 2003, according to eEye, and both are rated as "high" severity. One flaw is the result of a heap overflow, and the other is caused by an integer overflow.

The company added both bugs to its roster of upcoming advisories, which alert users to flaws that have been discovered but not yet patched or publicly disclosed. EEye doesn't give details on such flaws, in order to allow users time to react and software vendors time to issue patches.

The oldest vulnerability on the list is currently a bug affecting Windows that was reported 153 days ago and hasn't yet been patched, eEye said.

Since the beginning of this year, Mac users have begun to experience a taste of the paranoia that has long afflicted Windows users. Recently, two viruses appeared targeting the OS X platform in the space of a week.

These were shortly followed by the public disclosure of code exploiting a severe OS X bug that could allow the Safari web browser to automatically execute malicious code on a system if users view a specially crafted site. The bug also affected OS X's built-in Mail e-mail client.

Antivirus vendors, who have long had difficulty selling their products to Mac users, have said attackers' new interest on the Mac is partly spurred by Apple's switch to the Intel platform. "It shows increased activity and viability for future Macintosh-based threats on the Mac OS X platform," said Ken Dunham, director of the rapid response team at iDefense, a Versign company, in a recent interview.

He pointing out that the last major Macintosh threat was the Autostart worm in 1998. "As a result, many Macintosh users are more likely to be complacent toward computer security and therefore are more likely to be vulnerable to any future threats that emerge against the Macintosh operating system," he said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matthew Broersma

Show Comments



Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >

Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?