Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Microsoft Warns of Apple Flaw

Blended threat puts Windows users at risk.

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is a company that usually keeps plenty busy advising users of security issues with its products. Redmond is now advising users about a blended security threat that involves users running Apple's Safari Web browser on Windows.

The threat could potentially allow Safari to download a malicious file that Windows would then execute. Microsoft has a work-around it suggests, though no patch is available from Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) for the issue.

"Security Advisory (953818) does not refer to vulnerability in either Safari or Windows," Tim Rains, security response communications lead for Microsoft said in a statement sent to InternetNews.com.

"Rather, it describes a blended threat in which files may be downloaded to a user's machine without prompting, allowing them to be executed. This results from a combination of the default download location in Safari and how the Windows desktop handles executables."

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