Opera belts out critical security update

In a move to prevent attackers from exploiting security flaws in its browser by way of an altered JPEG, Opera releases a critical security update.

Opera on Tuesday released a critical security update, designed to fix vulnerabilities in its browser that could allow malicious attackers to use an altered JPEG to take control of a user's system.

The update for Opera version 9.64 is designed to address security vulnerabilities in earlier versions of Opera 9.

The vulnerabilities were found in Opera's plug-ins, which when exploited via a maliciously crafted JPEG image could cause Opera to corrupt memory and crash, potentially resulting in execution of arbitrary code and cross-site scripting, Opera noted in its advisory.

Security software company Secunia rates the vulnerabilities as "highly critical."

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