The fix was released as part of the company's security advisory. People who access a malicious MPEG-4 file could trigger a buffer overflow exploit, which could then allow an attacker to gain remote control of their computer without their knowledge or crash iTunes.. Earlier versions of the music software have a vulnerability within MPEG-4 file parsing, Apple said in a
"This is considered highly critical because it doesn't require significant user interaction," said Thomas Kristensen, chief technology officer at Secunia, which released an advisory on the security hole on Tuesday. "If you visit a malicious Web site and have an MPEG-4 data stream handled by an iTunes application, you could be affected."
The iTunes update is designed to improve the validation checks that are used when MPEG-4 files are loaded. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows 2000.
Apple's move follows the release last week offor holes in its Mac OS X operating system software.
The company plugged an earlier hole in iTunes in January in itsto the software, fixing a flaw in the handling of playlists, Kristensen said. That earlier vulnerability could also be exploited to terminate iTunes and execute arbitrary code.