Apple's Safari browser is vulnerable to an attack on Windows and tMac OS X 10.5 Leopard, that allows a malicious web site to read files on a user's hard drive without user intervention. The vulnerability has been acknowledged by Apple, reports Mastenbrook.
Fix for Mac OS X 10.5:
- Download and install the RCDefaultApp preference pane, following the included instructions.
- Open System Preferences and choose the Default Applications option.
- Select the "URLs" tab in the window that appears.
- Choose the "feed" URL type from the column on the left, and choose a different application or the "<disabled>" option.
- Repeat the previous step for the "feeds" and "feedsearch" URL types.
The workaround for Safari on Windows is to use a different web browser.