Macs vulnerable to Shellshock bug

26 September 2014

apple logo Forget Heartbleed - now you've got to worry about Shellshock which is affecting Mac and Linux computers.

The proper name for Shellshock is 'CVE-2014-6271', which is about as catchy as Leonard Cohen song, but it is making a lot of people very jumpy. The National Cyber Awareness System has given the bug a 10 out of 10 severity rating.

If you're really techie and want to get into the smaller details of the Shellshock bug, click here for the low-down by people who really know what they're talking about.

For the rest of you, this is the kicker: if you haven't got your updates up-to-date and are using OS X, hackers might be able to get control of your computer. Mercifully, the chances of this happening are reasonably small.

A lot of Linux distributors have released patches to stop Shellshock, but Mac OS X haven't got anything yet.

Sadly, the immediate fix for this is reasonably techie and can be seen in the link above. If you're not the kind of person who is equipped to get under the hood of your devices, the best thing to do is make sure all your important files are backed-up, stored in your cloud accounts and what have you, just in case your computer ends up being wrecked.

It looks like Linux is going to be shored up soon enough, but Apple haven't even made a comment yet, so we'll just have to wait and see what they're up to.

TOPICS:   Technology

2 comments

  • Fat H.
    Oh dear, this is bad news. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • David D.
    Remember, doesn't affect Windows-based servers at all.

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