Apple addresses iTunes vulnerability in latest download

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Two days after Apple released a security update addressing five flaws in Mac OS X 10.4.7, the computing giant revealed last week that a vulnerability exists in its iTunes software.

The flaw, reported in versions earlier than 6.0.5, could crash the application or allow an attacker to launch malicious code, according to an advisory.

Apple released a handful of patches for various flaws last week.

Vulnerability monitoring firm Secunia rated the flaw "highly critical" and said the bug could lead to system compromise.

"The AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) file parsing code in iTunes versions prior to 6.0.5 contains an integer overflow vulnerability," Apple’s advisory said. "Parsing (turning script into syntax) a maliciously crafted AAC file could cause iTunes to terminate or potentially execute arbitrary code."

The flaw, first reported to TippingPoint’s Zero Day Initiative, can be resolved by upgrading to the latest version, which is available for download at

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