Microsoft Warns Windows Users of Safari Threat

By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2008 7:37 AM CDT
Industry experts say how the two companies have responded to the security threat - Microsoft by issuing the warning before it has all the information, Apple staying mum - speaks to their philosophies.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Windows and Safari mix like virus-vulnerable oil and water, Microsoft warns, and Windows users should stop surfing with Apple’s web browser until the security holes have been patched. The “blended threat” combines a bug in Safari that downloads files to the desktop automatically and a vulnerability in how Windows XP and Windows Vista handle executable files there.

A “carpet bomb” attack could easily download malicious code, a security expert warned. Apple doesn’t consider the problem a security risk, but anti-malware groups have criticized the company for that position. Apple “believes that for the majority of consumers, issuing an advisory without a patch would probably just create FUD,” one industry expert told ComputerWorld. That's fear, uncertainty, and doubt.