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Brian Mastenbrook didn't get specific in aÂ blog entryÂ posted Sunday, but he did claim his discovery has already been acknowledged by Apple.Â All users of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard are affected, whether they use RSS feeds or not, as long as they have not changed their preference from the default, as seen below.
"Safari ... is vulnerable to an attack that allows a malicious web site to read files on a user's hard drive without user intervention," Mastenbrook wrote.Â "This can be used to gain access to sensitive information stored on the user's computer, such as emails, passwords, or cookies that could be used to gain access to the user's accounts on some web sites."
According to Mastenbrook, Mac OS X Leopard users should change their Default RSS reader preference to another feed reader.Â Possible solutions include Mail andÂ NetNewsWire.
Safari for Windows users should use a different web browser until the security hole is patched, he said.