RealPlayer Patch Plugs In-the-Wild Security Exploit
RealNetworks, the maker of the RealPlayer and RealOne media player software, has issued a security update to fix a flaw that hackers are actively exploiting to break into vulnerable computers.
The stand-alone patch, available here, remedies a flaw in RealPlayer 10.5 and RealPlayer 11 beta. RealNetworks says people using RealOne Player, RealOne Player version 2, and RealPlayer 10 should upgrade immediately to RealPlayer 10.5 or RealPlayer 11 beta and install the latest patch.
The security patch remedies a type of software flaw that could be exploited just by convincing Real users to click on a specially crafted Web link. The update comes just three days after Symantec Corp. issued an alert saying it was seeing cyber crooks targeting the software hole to compromise Windows computers.
Macintosh and Linux versions of RealPlayer are not affected by this vulnerability. The company notes that RealPlayer 8 and earlier versions of RealNetworks software for Windows are not at risk from this flaw.
October 22, 2007; 4:27 PM ET
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