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Apple Scrambles OS X Security Fix

Paul Rubens - September 2, 2016 - 10:02 AM
Apple Scrambles OS X Security Fix
Apple's desktop operating systems are open to the same zero day vulnerabilities that were fixed in iOS last week.

(CCM) — Apple has scrambled to release emergency security updates to the El Capitan and Yosemite versions of its OS X computer operating system following the revelation that they have the same three vulnerabilities that were patched in its iOS mobile operating system last week. The 2014 Mavericks version of OS X was not patched and may therefore not include the flawed code. Apple has made no comment about the security patches except to say that it "doesn't disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available."

Last week's iOS 9.3.5 update was released to fix two flaws in the iOS operating system itself and one in Apple's Safari browser. The three previously unknown flaws were discovered after a piece of malware which exploited the flaws was sent to U.A.E human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor. If run on an unpatched machine, the malware is capable of installing surveillance software and other malware on an iOS or OS X device without the user's knowledge or consent. The security flaws were discovered by researchers at security vendor Lookout and the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto who examined the malware.

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