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Apple Safari fails to properly handle a file name

Vulnerability Note VU#529441

Original Release Date: 2008-04-18 | Last Revised: 2008-04-18


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.

Vendor Information


Apple Computer, Inc. Affected

Updated:  April 18, 2008



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


Refer to Apple Safari 3.1.1.

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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
Severity Metric: 13.11
Date Public: 2008-04-16
Date First Published: 2008-04-18
Date Last Updated: 2008-04-18 18:28 UTC
Document Revision: 12

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