Apple releases Shellshock patch for OS X
Cupertino releases updates for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion
Apple has released a patch for its OS X operating system to address the newly discovered Shellshock bug, reports said yesterday.
Apple promised on Friday that it would release a patch for the bug, following discoveries that it was out in the wild, though Cupertino maintained that most users wouldn't be affected by Shellshock.
Still, the vendor made good on its promise on Monday, releasing updates for OSX 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, and OS X 10.7 Lion.
The 3.4 MB patch (for Mavericks and Lion users) is available either through Apple's website, or else via the Software Update app within OS X. The update is slightly bigger, at around 35 MB, for Mountain Lion.
The Shellshock bug is built on a security flaw in the bash UNIX shell, and is thought to be present in every version of bash. The vulnerability could allow remote attackers to take control of affected computers, or else lay low and gather information and data.
Before it released the patch, Apple said that OS X systems are safe by default, and are not exposed to remote exploits of bash, unless users are running advanced UNIX services. Still, users are encouraged to install the patch to ensure protection against the Shellshock bug.