Mac OS X Users Should Run Updates Today
An iOS vulnerability found using the Safari web browser has been found to also affect Mac OS X versions as well. Apple released a new version of Safari (9.1.3) yesterday that will fix the vulnerability.
“The exploit allowed hackers to take full control over a victim’s device by tricking them into click a malicious link”, according to Brian Barrett of Wired.com:
Created by a shadowy cyberarms groups called NSO Group, the attack was discovered after a human rights activist named Ahmed Mansoor received two suspicious SMS messages. Suspecting a phishing attempt, he contacted researchers at Citizen Lab, who were able to identify the exploit’s exact mechanisms.
It’s not surprising that Apple’s desktop products are also affected; the vulnerability lies in Safari’s WebKit, the engine that drives web browsing on all of Apple’s hardware products.
In order to run the update, go the the Apple menu, select the App Store option, then click on Updates. The update will require a restart of the machine or device to take effect.
For more information, check out the article from Wired.com.