“It’s understood the TIFF attack works by tricking the OS into copying malicious code stashed in the file into memory and then hijacking the processor to execute it.”
It’s such a simple concept. Data should not be executed. Images are data. But, no, M$ does not get that and randomly executes code contained in some TIFF images. Out of the bowels of M$’s complexity comes yet another invitation to millions of bad guys to post TIFFs all over the web damaging the systems of millions of users.
I’m so tired of people telling me that GNU/Linux is not ready for the desktop but M$’s crapware is… 8-( If you want to be fearless when viewing images of fluffy kittens, use an OS that works for you instead of M$ and the malware-artists, like Debian GNU/Linux. It won’t cost you anything to install it and take back control of your PC.