Menu
Quicktime fix after hack expose

Quicktime fix after hack expose

Apple issued a patch on Tuesday to close the hole found by the winner of a recent hack-the-Mac contest.

Apple described the weakness as an implementation issue in Quicktime. “By enticing a user to visit a web page containing a maliciously crafted Java applet, an attacker can trigger the issue which may lead to arbitrary code execution,” Apple says in its description of the problem.

Apple credits Dino Dai Zovi, who won US$10,000 in a Mac hacking contest initiated at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver about two weeks ago, for reporting the flaw. The contest originally challenged conference attendees to break into a Mac that wasn’t running any programs. When no one managed to do so, the contest allowed participants to try to break in through the browser. Dai Zovi was the first to succeed.

Apple also credits 3Com's Tippingpoint division, which put up the $10,000 prize, and the Zero Day Initiative for help in reporting the issue.

Because the flaw lies in Quicktime, which is used by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as well as Mozilla’s Firefox browsers, PC users are also vulnerable.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Applequicktimemozilla firefox

Featured

Slideshows

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP honoured leading partners across the channel at the Partner Awards 2017 in New Zealand, recognising excellence across the entire print and personal systems portfolio.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Leading figures within the technology industry across New Zealand came together to celebrate 30 years of success for Lexel Systems, at a milestone birthday occasion at St Matthews in the City.​

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30
Show Comments