The news that Apple's Safari browser is coming to Windows (see Techmeme discussion) has raised eyebrows in the security research community and there's already word that a memory corruption vulnerability has been discovered.
Apple is no doubt looking to take a bite out of that search-box advertising market that's been so lucrative for Mozilla but if Safari on Windows is half as popular as iTunes, you can bet malware authors will be licking their lips.
Safari has not held up well to hacker scrutiny on the Mac platform. Tom Ferrris, a hacker who routinely finds Safari and Mac OS X vulnerabilities, once told me it's "trivial" to trigger a crash on Safari. The reality is that every crash is a potential security vulnerability.
Just hours after today's Apple announcement, Errata Security researcher David Maynor downloaded the beta code and found two potentially serious security issues.
"These are popping out like hotcakes," Maynor said in a blog entry with screenshots of the Safari crash. Maynor does not report his discoveries to Apple because of the public discloure spat that erupted at last year's Black Hat Briefings.
Safari on Windows puts the buggy browser before a bigger audience. You can bet your bottom dollar malware authors are paying close attention.
[UPDATE: June 11, 2007 @ 7:43 PM] Aviv Raff gets in on the fuzzing action and finds (another?) potentially exploitable memory corruption issue.