Apple is reportedly working on a fix to eradicate a dangerous bug that could allow unauthorised users access to Mac OS X Yosemite machines.
The Guardian’s sources say Apple will release a security update to wipe out the so-called "zero day" DYLD bug as soon as possible.
The “privilege escalation” bug potentially allows third parties to gain administrator access to a Mac without a password.
The fix for Mac OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite will arrive shortly, ending worries that the vulnerability wouldn't be plugged before the next version, El Capitan, comes this autumn.
In the meantime, the paper says Apple plans to control the spread of the vulnerability by revoking the developer privileges of anyone who attempts to use it.
While this won’t kill the bug completely, it should protect Mac users until the fix is rolled out. Still, it’s probably best not to install anything from untrusted sources.
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The discovery of another piece of malware will do nothing to settle the fears of Macintosh users, who have long remained confident in the security of their operating system.
Thunderstrike 2, which allowed hackers to writable access to a Mac’s firmware, was struck down in 10.4.4.