Researchers at TippingPoint said today that the vulnerability exploited last week to hack into a MacBook Pro at CanSecWest also affects Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser on the Windows Vista operating system.The flaw was first discovered as part of a "hack-a-Mac" contest at the Vancouver conference.
Terri Forslof, manager of security response at TippingPoint, said today that "new facts have emerged as we have had time to analyse (the flaw) further."
"Initially the proof-of-concept code provided by the researcher, Dai Zovi, only worked against the Safari and Firefox browsers. We have now verified that this issue affects both Windows and Mac operating systems, including Windows Vista through Internet Explorer," she said. "We strongly believe at this point that any Java-enabled browser that has the vulnerable QuickTime Java extension installed is affected by this issue."
The flaw was initially believed to affect only Apple’s Safari browser.