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Skype's dangerous exploit: What you need to know

Tony Bradley | May 9, 2011
Security researchers revealed a dangerous exploit in Skype for Mac which can be exploited to create a worm that can take control of Mac PCs.This FAQ will help you understand the potential impact of the threat, and what you can do to protect your system.

Is there a fix?Skype claims to have been aware of the issue even before PureHacking brought it to its attention, and has already developed a hotfix which has been available since April 14. Skype has not pushed the hotfix, though, because it is not aware of this flaw being exploited in the wild. Next week, Skype will push an updated version of Skype for Mac 5.x which resolves the problem, and includes a variety of other tweaks and fixes as well.

What should I do?If you are really concerned, get the hotfix from Skype and apply it now. If you prefer, though, you can probably just wait until next week when Skype unleashes the updated version.

 

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