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BugBlog Report 2/20/06: Apple, Adobe, and Microsoft

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Here are some of the most significant bugs from the past week in the BugBlog.

If you are using Apple Safari on a Mac OS X 10.4.4 or earlier computer to go to AOL webmail and then delete AOL mail messages, Safari may crash. This has been fixed in the Mac OS X 10.4.5 update.

On a computer with Adobe Acrobat 7.0.x Standard or Professional installed, if you have a browser with the Google toolbar visible, loading a PDF file into the browser and then exiting may cause the browser to crash. Adobe says this has been fixed in the Acrobat 7.0.7 update for Acrobat Standard and Professional. Get the update at Adobe’s support page.

The plug-in version of Microsoft Windows Media Player, which is designed to work within a web browser, appears to open up a serious security hole when it is used with non-Microsoft browsers from Mozilla and Netscape. If you are using the browser, and come upon a maliciously designed webpage that has content set up to play in Windows Media Player, and that content has a very long embed src tag, the attacker may be able to overwrite memory and run their code on your computer. Get the update from Microsoft. As a workaround, you can make sure that Windows Media Player is not the default plug-in for media files that you may run across. Microsoft credits iDefense for finding this bug. Note that the plug-in doesn’t cause problems for the Opera browser, nor from Microsoft Internet Explorer.

See the BugBlog for continuing coverage of bugs and other things that go wrong with your computer.

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