Secunia has recently relayed a vulnerability that has surfaced in Sony’s Playstation Portable, which it ranks as “moderately critical”. This is only the second security alert on the platform.

The problem lies in the portable console’s image viewer, software versions 2.0 up to 2.8, which is this time open to attack using a specially crafted TIFF file. It’s not exactly clear what hackers could do with such an attack other than take control of a PSP user’s system with a view to mucking it up, but it sets out fair warning that the malware menace is spreading.

So the doomsayers who predicted malware would hop from the PC world to blight other devices were right after all. All that remains to fret over is the precise timescale, and the extent to which platforms on the periphery can be used for outright criminality.