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Friday, April 27, 2007

Apple QuickTime Bug Could Be Days Away

Researchers say hackers could be a few days away from finding the vulnerable code. The bug, which has been rated highly critical by two different security companies, could open up the millions of people who use an iPod to attacks on their desktops and laptops.

The vulnerability is caused by an error in the way Apple QuickTime handles Java. It can be exploited if a user visits a malicious Web site, running a Java-enabled browser. The bug also affects Windows Vista through Internet Explorer 7.

even if a patch comes out before the exploit hits, a large number of users could still be at risk because it takes weeks, months and sometimes even years for uses to get their systems patched.

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