“A researcher has disclosed a privilege escalation vulnerability in OS X which is yet to be fixed in the latest release of the operating system,” Charlie Osborne reports for ZDNet.
“German researcher Stefan Esser from security audit firm SektionEins disclosed the vulnerability on Tuesday,” Osborne reports. “The security flaw affects OS X 10.10.x and relates to new features added by the iPad and iPhone maker in the newest evolutions of the OS, Yosemite and El Capitan.”
“Esser says it is ‘unclear’ whether Apple knows about the security flaw or not, as it has already been patched in the first beta versions of OS X El Capitan 10.11, but not in the current release of OS X 10.10.4 or in the current beta of OS X 10.10.5, which has just been released to public beta testers,” Osborne reports. “The researcher speculates that the fix may be the result of a code cleanup rather than a security sweep.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Now that’s it’s disclosed, we’d expect Apple to release a fix for OS X Yosemite once it’s ready.