Mac or Windows, equal pwnage opportunity
Apple’s Safari web browser for both the Mac and Windows suffers from a serious vulnerability that can expose emails, passwords and other sensitive contents of a user’s hard drive, a researcher has warned.
Those using Mac OS X 10.5, aka Leopard, are susceptible to the data-snooping bug even if they use Firefox or another alternate browser, according to open source software developer Brian Mastenbrook. Apple has yet to plug the gaping hole, so the only way users can currently protect themselves is to change RSS reader settings in Safari’s preferences panel.
Windows users are also vulnerable, but only if they are using Safari. For the time being, it’s probably a good idea for Windows users with Safari installed to leave it closed and use a different browser.