“Apple Inc said on Wednesday it would review its software development process a day after a researcher discovered a bug in a new version of its Mac operating system that could give hackers total control of vulnerable machines,” Stephen Nellis reports for Reuters. “Apple said it released a patch to fix the bug on Wednesday morning and it would be automatically installed on vulnerable machines later in the day.”
“‘We greatly regret this error and we apologize to all Mac users,’ Apple said in a statement. ‘Our customers deserve better. We are auditing our development processes to help prevent this from happening again,'” Nellis reports. “The U.S. and German governments issued alerts advising Mac users to install the patch.”
“Apple said its security engineers learned of the problem on Tuesday afternoon and posted the patch within 24 hours,” Nellis reports. “‘Security is a top priority for every Apple product, and regrettably we stumbled with this release of Mac OS,’ Apple said in its statement.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Perhaps this latest snafu has finally been the wake up call Apple needed.
We trust Apple to stay true to their word and expect them to up their game (not just in software, but across the board) which, in recent years, simply has not measured up to the fastidious level of excellence set and maintained for so long by Steve Jobs.
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. — Steve Jobs
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