Earlier today, we reported on a newly-discovered security vulnerability, nicknamed ‘Shellshock’, that might influence UNIX-based operating systems including Linux, Mac OSX and Android – potentially even letting hackers overtake an os.
People have actually been calling it ‘even worse than Heartbleed’, but Apple has spoken up to reassure OS X users who are concerned that they may be under threat, and guaranteed that it’s working on a repair right now.
‘The large bulk of OS X users are not at danger to just recently reported celebration vulnerabilities,’ a spokesperson for Apple told TechRadar in a statement.
‘Bash, a UNIX command shell and language consisted of in OS X, has a weak point that could enable unauthorized users to from another location get control of susceptible systems. With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of celebration unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to swiftly supply a software application upgrade for our innovative UNIX users.’
If you are in the minority of susceptible folks that Apple describes, the recommendations would be to turn off any of the advance UNIX services for now and claim a patch.
Bash has actually been present in every UNIX system since its introduction in 1989, which clearly suggests that the degree of the damage is potentially massive.
Which is why we’re crossing our fingers that Apple and other can patch the issue swiftly, prior to the flaw is abused.
Bash vulnerability: everything you need to know