In March 2006 Apple defused a security problem in Apple Mail that made it possible to inject disguised malignant code. In Leopard, the patch was apparently forgotten. This means that you can inadvertently start an executable by double-clicking a mail attachment that looks like a JPEG image file.
In March 2006 Apple corrected this problem. On a current installation of the Tiger OS, Apple Mail issues a warning that the supposed image file is a program and is to be opened with Terminal. Apple apparently either did not incorporate this update into Leopard, or did not do it correctly. In tests performed by heise Security, the Terminal window opened directly in most cases when the attachment to the Emailcheck test email was opened. In only one email this occurred the first time the attachment was opened, but subsequent double-clicks suddenly caused the expected confirmation dialogue to be displayed. The test emails are identical except for the subject line and some administrative information in the header.
Apple Mail in Leopard with the same old error – heise Security
It’s serious that they missed to include the fix in Leopard and even more serious that they didn’t update the test specifications to make sure that this problem didn’t not return.