Vulnerability Note VU#529441

Apple Safari fails to properly handle a file name

Original Release date: 18 Apr 2008 | Last revised: 18 Apr 2008


A vulnerabilty in Apple Safari handles specially crafted file name may allow execution of arbitrary code or denial of service.


According to Apple Safari 3.1.1:

    A memory corruption issue exists in Safari's file downloading. By enticing a user to download a file with a maliciously crafted name, an attacker may cause an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue through improved handling of file downloads.

Note that this issue only affects Safari on Windows XP or Vista.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.


Apply Apple Updates
Apple has released an update to address this vulnerability. Refer to Apple Safari 3.1.1.

Disable Open “safe” files after downloading option

For instructions on how to disable the Open “safe” files after downloading option in Safari, please refer to the Safari section of the Securing Your Web Browser document.

Do not access files from untrusted sources

Do not download files from unknown or untrusted sources. Do not open unfamiliar or unexpected links, particularly those delivered in email messages. Please see Cyber Security Tip ST04-014.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.Affected-18 Apr 2008
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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This issue is addressed by Apple Safari 3.1.1.

This document was written by Chris Taschner.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2008-1024
  • Date Public: 16 Apr 2008
  • Date First Published: 18 Apr 2008
  • Date Last Updated: 18 Apr 2008
  • Severity Metric: 13.11
  • Document Revision: 12


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