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  • BEWARE! Safari Vulnerability Discovered in OS X and Windows
    Beware Safari and OmniWeb users - you are not safe while browsing the web. Brian Masternbrook has discovered a vulnerability in Safari that will allow malicious sites to hop into your computer and read whatever files they want on your hard drive.

    This major security threat has been acknowledged by Apple and is known to effect Safari on both Leopard and Windows. At this time Apple has not commented on when a fix will be released. The threat also extends further for OS X users by simply slicking a link in their mail, IMs, etc.

    Fortunately Masternbrook listed out some simple steps you can take to protect yourself.

    For OS X users other browsers like FireFox or Camino are safe to use. You can however fix Safari.
    1. Download and install the RCDefaultApp preference pane, following the included instructions.
    2. Open System Preferences and choose the Default Applications option.
    3. Select the "URLs" tab in the window that appears.
    4. Choose the "feed" URL type from the column on the left, and choose a different application or the "disabled" option.
    5. Repeat the previous step for the "feeds" and "feedsearch" URL types.

    Windows users DO NOT USE SAFARI
    This article was originally published in forum thread: BEWARE! Safari Vulnerability Discovered in OS X and Windows started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. iGuy's Avatar
      iGuy -
      I am really not trying to be a douche. And I'm not trying to slate Windows.

      All I'm saying is that in the amount of years that I've owned a Mac (Bondi Blue iMac to current MacBook and quite a few others in between) I've never come across a virus. If there is one I'll apologise like I've already said.
    1. StevenB's Avatar
      StevenB -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGuy View Post
      I am really not trying to be a douche. And I'm not trying to slate Windows.

      All I'm saying is that in the amount of years that I've owned a Mac (Bondi Blue iMac to current MacBook and quite a few others in between) I've never come across a virus. If there is one I'll apologise like I've already said.
      See above.

      Also in my 15 years using PC's I have yet to have a computer infected by a virus.
    1. iGuy's Avatar
      iGuy -
      Quote Originally Posted by StevenB View Post
      Also in my 15 years using PC's I have yet to have a computer infected by a virus.
      I have never had to use any sort of anti-virus software. (Even Sziklassy admits the same). Whether that continues I don't know.... However, I'm just trying to say that this "vulnerability" is not a virus. Why people want to make such a hoo-har over this compared to the vulnerability of Windows is beyond me. I don't believe Apple is "God-Like", I just like their products. iPhone included!
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      lol @ all of you arguing about viruses in OS X vs. Windows in a thread about a vulnerability that is on OS X and Windows
    1. Texasphi89's Avatar
      Texasphi89 -
      Haha, firefox for the win. Never used safari in my whole mac life.
    1. iGuy's Avatar
      iGuy -
      Ha! Ha! All these people who want to slag off anything to do with Apple have suddenly gone quiet. Maybe that's because they own an Apple product? Hmmm.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGuy View Post
      Ha! Ha! All these people who want to slag off anything to do with Apple have suddenly gone quiet. Maybe that's because they own an Apple product? Hmmm.
      Well seeing as everyone on this site does own an apple product of some sort, I doubt they are trying to slag everything off. They've probably moved on.
      I believe that people make a hoo-har when something is wrong with OS X, because of such "confident" slogans Apple distribute, examples include:
      • "A Mac does everything a PC does, but better"
      • "It just works"
      • The PC vs Mac adverts which get off on demeaning and stereotyping the PC user.
      Apple repeat this over, and over... and over.... I guess it's getting to the point where people think that Apple and their customers are just plain cocky (may not be true, but I have seen a lot of cocky mac owners).
      Now, if something with Apple goes terribly wrong, people will gloat;
      honestly, wouldn't you find it funnier if you saw a pompous fool trip over and land in mud, compared to an average Joe?
    1. iGuy's Avatar
      iGuy -
      Hopefully they'll support Steve Coppell as much as they do Steve Jobs then Dale.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGuy View Post
      Hopefully they'll support Steve Coppell as much as they do Steve Jobs then Dale.
      lawl
    1. fparedesg's Avatar
      fparedesg -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGuy View Post
      I'm not going into the "Mac vs PC" either. If there have been viruses for OSX I'd just like to see the proof........

      Still waiting.
      Let me google that for you: mac virus.
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      so firefox, safari or opera

      votes?
    1. iGuy's Avatar
      iGuy -
      I Wasn't Built on a Mac, Honest!

      Sorry, I'm going so off-topic here.

      But what would happen if you did the same for Windows fparedesg?

      That is my point, I'm not knocking Windows - I'm just saying I've never had a virus problem with OSX. Windows people seem to be jumping for joy when they hear about a problem with Apple. Why is that? If you don't like Apple send your phone to me please.
    1. jrmiller007's Avatar
      jrmiller007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGuy View Post
      I have never had to use any sort of anti-virus software. (Even Sziklassy admits the same). Whether that continues I don't know.... However, I'm just trying to say that this "vulnerability" is not a virus. Why people want to make such a hoo-har over this compared to the vulnerability of Windows is beyond me. I don't believe Apple is "God-Like", I just like their products. iPhone included!
      ***DUDE---ALL THIS TOOL STEVEN B DOES....is go around and post rediculous comments!...he needs to find something else productive to do----> JUST IGNORE THE LITTLE BOI!..
    1. fparedesg's Avatar
      fparedesg -
      But what would happen if you did the same for Windows fparedesg?
      You would get a lot more results. I am not supporting Windows, in fact, I hate Windows. I prefer OS X by far. My favorite OS has to be Linux, that's the one I use the most, which is also "virus free", but that's not the point here, is it?

      You are saying that you aren't bashing Windows, but with that comment, looks like you're contradicting yourself. What I'm trying to prove here is that there are viruses for OS X, opposed to what you previously stated.
    1. jeproks77's Avatar
      jeproks77 -
      Noob here

      Does this affect or effect my iphone browser?
      (slightly off topic but i gotta try) how come everytime i download firefox from cydia it crashes? Is that not availble anymore?
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      Quote Originally Posted by jeproks77 View Post
      Noob here

      Does this affect or effect my iphone browser?
      (slightly off topic but i gotta try) how come everytime i download firefox from cydia it crashes? Is that not availble anymore?
      nope doesn't effect safari on iphone
    1. StevenB's Avatar
      StevenB -
      Quote Originally Posted by jrmiller007 View Post
      ***dude---all this tool steven b does....is go around and post rediculous comments!...he needs to find something else productive to do----> just ignore the little boi!..
      aren't you the guy that kept caps lock on in the "perfect storm 1.0" thread? Most people would notice 3 seconds into typing a response that they're typing all in caps and would go back to retype the response or take off caps lock.

      Just saying.
    1. blueslate's Avatar
      blueslate -
      Quote Originally Posted by tattoojack View Post
      so firefox, safari or opera

      votes?
      I'm wondering the same thing. I primary use safari because it seems to be smoother and faster than firefox. Is opera a better browser than firefox and safari?! Does anyone else find that safari is faster than firefox or am I trippin?!
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      Quote Originally Posted by blueslate View Post
      I'm wondering the same thing. I primary use safari because it seems to be smoother and faster than firefox. Is opera a better browser than firefox and safari?! Does anyone else find that safari is faster than firefox or am I trippin?!
      safari is quicker
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by cash7c3 View Post
      safari is quicker
      other than that it's worse than firefox in nearly every other way.