Apple Introduced MacOS Update Right after iOS PatchAdded: Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
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3 serious flaws in iOS were patched a week ago, and now the iPhone and MacBook maker has released a matching software update to fix the same vulnerabilities in MacOS. It must be said that the security update affected the two latest versions of MacOS – El Capitan and Yosemite. The patch also blocks weaknesses in Safari and the base OS. The urgent update can be downloaded via software update on affected computers.
All of those flaws were discovered during the attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist. The victim sent the suspicious text messages to security consultancies, Lookout Mobile and Citizen Lab, instead of following the instructions they contained. The messages received a month ago claimed to offer news about dissidents being tortured in the United Arab Emirates. An activist appeared too smart to refuse following the links contained in the texts and forwarded them to the security researchers for investigation. In result, the experts found a hitherto unknown type of spyware, which was capable of taking total control of a mobile device running the latest version of iOS once the user opens the link in Safari.
Security researchers informed Apple about the flaws and kept their existence secret until Apple released a patch for its mobile phones. However, it seems that the underlying architecture of iOS and MacOS is similar enough that the flaws also affect Apple’s computers.
It is unknown why Apple needed an extra week to fix its desktop operating systems. Some believe that this delay left MacOS users open to hacker attack, as they were informed of the existence of the flaw when the iOS patch was released. However, there were no reports of MacOS malware exploiting these vulnerabilities.
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
|USA got thwarted while supporting more torture.|
|posted by (2016-09-04 07:45:02)|
|Wow, that is so pathetic, once i was proud to got a Mac,|
now its just a shame.
Cook is jerking around like a Brainless idiot...
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