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Skype Update Mends Security Holes

The makers of Skype -- the popular and free Internet telephony service recently purchased by eBay -- have released a new version of the software to fix a couple of pretty serious security flaws in the program.

According to Skype, one of the flaws could allow attackers to crash the program (and your phone call, should you be using the software at the time).

The second security hole, according to an advisory published by Secunia, could allow attackers to take control of Skype-using machines by tricking the user into importing a specially-crafted "vCard" or digital business card.

Skype users should upgrade to the latest version of the software, available here. New versions of Skype are out for Windows, Mac systems, and Linux. Skype says it is still working on a patch for people running its software on Pocket PC devices.

By Brian Krebs  |  October 25, 2005; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  New Patches  
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