Monday, May 9, 2011

White Hat Hackers Find Skype Security Hole For Mac

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Skype has issued an update for all Mac users, due to security concerns in Skype version 5.x for Mac which allows a malicious user to activate code on the victim’s computer.

A security researcher said today that he found a serious hole in the Mac version of Skype and proving that it was possible to send a specific message to a user of Skype and it would crash Skype and make it unusable.

Gordon Maddern, says he discovered the vulnerability about a month ago. He was chatting on Skype to a colleague about a payload when the payload executed in the colleague's Skype client accidentally.

He created a proof of concept that can be used in an attack but is not releasing details on it until Skype fixes the issue. He could not find the vulnerability in the Skype client for Windows and Linux, he said.

37 commentaires:

AJay said...

lucky for them it was white hat.

Blogging Skater said...

haha, i only have skype for PC

Fortune said...

Another reason not to own a mac :P

BigSkull said...

I've only a PC :)

Marc D said...

Ive got Skype on PC :P

alfred smith said...

And mac users say macs can't have viruses...

Tech Unlocked said...

Good thing I don't own a Mac.

KoreanTime said...

I'm glad I don't have a Mac.

Nom de Plume said...

hey this is lucky!

Michelangelo said...

Good i don't have skype...

Bob said...

Well, glad this guy decided to inform them of it. Great work.

Xenototh said...

But I thought mac's were the best, completely immune to crashes and viru.... HAHAHAH I can't even say it. Go go white hat hackers. Making the world a safer place.

drombo said...

Oh, no! Mac vulnerable? I wonder what those geniuses in shop will tell me for that!

Quetopia said...

That's just a bunch of Skype..

fit4life said...

im so glad i use skype on my dell laptop.

Benji Radman said...

The ol' mac ain't so hack-proof after all eh? :)

Mike said...

I laugh when mac users say theyre OS is more secure, its just because nobody cares enough to makes viruses for macs

Porkykls said...

glad i dont use skype. ever.

Hyperion said...

Damn, it would be awesome to harass some mac store employee about this.

Vav said...

What's with internet security lately? :S Better start getting behind proxies...

kxxthanxx said...

good spot

Gambling Degenerate said...

white hat hackers to the rescue!

Hyushin said...

Haha, immune to virus... yeah right

JDOGMMA said...

Meh, not that I would use skype that much.

Mike said...

Every thing seems to get hacked in todays world.

savl0n said...

this is why macs suck

munchies? said...

once microsoft owns skype will they discontinue mac support? :D

Paulie Pecans said...

Yet another reason to not own a mac.

SNS said...

I should get an hackintosh :D

The Radical Chemist said...

Mac owners claim their systems are more secure, right?

WanderingWriter said...

I'm sure many more problems will come up with MS buying them, lol.

JCF said...

<3 Windows :P

Rich said...

My friend who always has me help with pcs asked me to help fix his mac...had to tell him i hadn't touched a mac in ten years, lol

Alpha said...

Stand-up guy, that white hat.

Fwission said...

lucky he was a white hat or a lot of people would be pissed

MassiveUps said...

Good lord. Is it fixed yet?

baka1236 said...

oh snap. i should tell my brother not to use skype

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