“Apple Inc has pushed out its first-ever automated security update to Macintosh computers to help defend against newly identified bugs that security researchers have warned could enable hackers to gain remote control of machines,” Jim Finkle reports for Reuters.
“The company pushed out the software on Monday to fix critical security vulnerabilities in a component of its OS X operating system called the network time protocol, or NTP, according to Apple spokesman Bill Evans.NTP is used for synchronizing clocks on computer systems,” Finkle reports. “When Apple has released previous security patches, it has done so through its regular software update system, which typically requires user intervention.”
“The company decided to deliver the NTP bug fixes with its technology for automatically pushing out security updates, which Apple introduced two years ago but had never previously used, because it wanted to protect customers as quickly as possible due to the severity of the vulnerabilities, Evans said,” Finkle reports. “‘The update is seamless,’ he said. ‘It doesn’t even require a restart.'”
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