Mac OS X flaw crashes Safari, Finder

“A blogger has identified an apparent flaw in the Apple’s Mac OS X graphics display engine, ImageIO, that will crash the company’s Safari Web browser and other system applications, including the Finder. The flaw, posted by DrunkenBlog, crashes anything using the Mac OS X ImageIO API including Finder, Preview, and applications based on Webkit and WebCore — Apple JavaScript/HTML display engine for Safari and other applications,” MacNN reports.

Full article with more info and link to test the flaw here.

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  1. I hope this was reported to Apple if in fact it is a bug and not just posted on a blog then carried by MacNN then carried by MDN, etc., etc.

    Seems everyone is really hungry for their 15 minutes of fame® not very altruistic.


  2. I’m force to use Firefox now, eventhough I prefers Safari.

    I’ve trashed the peferences files, but it still hang, or seeing the “Ball of death”, same as the calculator and Onyx.

    Well, nobody is perfect eventhough is UNIX base. But at least I don’t have to restart the whole machine…..

    ANyone has any solutions or tips. Please……….

  3. Safari has been more unstable just recently. Camino is a Great browser (10x better than FireFox for Mac), but it doesn’t offer any of the JavaScript debugging features that can easily be enabled in Safari.

  4. Huh? Wha? A piece of software has a flaw? Christ! Call the authorities! Some one found a way to crash a PROGRAM! OS X can’t crash! NOOOOO. Apple software is invincible!

    tip: Try letting your cron jobs run. Not putting your computer to sleep. UNIX likes to run all the time. Or run the cron jobs yourself.

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