“Apple has released a range of patches for security holes – both old and new – for its Mac OS X operating system, which it advises users to download immediately,” Kieren McCarthy writes for Techworld in an article entitled, “Mac OS X riddled with security holes.”
“The company is downplaying the issue but one security company at least is concerned that the vulnerabilities could be extremely serious. Secunia has given the five – yes, five – patches a ‘highly critical’ rating and warned that they may allow hijacking, security bypass, data manipulation, privilege escalation, denial of service and system access,’ McCarthy writes.
McCarthy writes, “In other words, it makes Microsoft’s current Sasser problems look no more than a nasty nip. There isn’t a worm exploiting the holes as yet but the company is strongly advising users to download and install the patches as the OS looks like an easy target at the moment… Secunia has given the series of patches a ‘highly critical’ rating, which it explained was due to the Apple’s dismissive attitude to one of the holes.”
“This strange habit of pretending a big problem is of no significance was also displayed last month, when Apple explained that it was ‘aware’ of a Trojan horse that could be used to compromise its systems and was investigating it, but refused to say any more, commenting only that it has an excellent track record of patching holes,” McCarthy writes.
Full FUD here.
MacDailyNews Take: What a laugh riot! Give us a call when one (1) Mac OS X machine is compromised, okay, Techworld? Or better yet, why not FAX the UK Coastguard – oh wait, their operation is severely disrupted due to Windows’ Sasser worm. So are a host of banks and other operations worldwide. Is Techworld scared of something? They sure sound like it and it’s not Mac OS X’s so-called “security holes” that’s scaring them. We give this article a solid 10 out of 10 on the MacDailyNews FUD scale.
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