Every Mac can be hacked by this new flaw, and there’s no fix yet

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Every Mac can be hacked by this new flaw, and there’s no fix yet

A newly disclosed flaw lets attackers hijack fully updated Macs simply by putting certain kinds of URLs in an email attachment.

The flaw, reported earlier by Bleeping Computer, abuses the handling of “inetloc” files, a Mac file format that contains a link to an internet location such as a website or other server.

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Independent security researcher Park Minchan found that prefacing a link in an inetloc file with “file://” instead of “http://” or “https://” made it possible to run arbitrary code on — i.e. hack — any Mac running fully updated macOS 11.6 Big Sur. (The “file://” prefix specifies a file on the local PC.)

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