AOL patches critical media player flaw

Users of AOL’s Winamp 5.12 media player are being urged to upgrade it to avoid a critical flaw in the player that could allow a remote attacker to take over their system.

Users of AOL’s Winamp 5.12 media player are being urged to upgrade it to avoid a critical flaw in the player that could allow a remote attacker to take over their system.

AOL has warned about the appearance of malicious code that has appeared on the internet that can take advantage of the vulnerability.

A new version of the Winamp player was released yesterday, the day after the rogue code was unleashed by malicious hackers.

The vulnerability affects AOL users running Winamp 5.12 with the Windows XP operating system.

Security research firm Secunia has warned that attackers could run malicious software on users’ machines by getting them to click on specially crafted Winamp playlists.

Secunia has categorised the vulnerability as “extremely critical”. Users of Winamp 5.12 are now being sent a pop-up message from AOL encouraging them to upgrade.

Earlier versions of the player are not affected by the threat. Winamp has millions of users worldwide.

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