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Most Mac OS X Users are not are Not Vulnerable to 'Shellshock' Bash because they are NOT Smart enough to configure advanced UNIX services

Written By Jaime Lacson on Sunday, September 28, 2014 | 11:37 PM

Apple said Friday that its Macintosh PCs are unlikely to be affected by the recently discovered "Bash" bug that could hit millions of computers and other devices connected to the Internet.
Even though the flaw was found in Unix-based Mac OS and Linux operating systems, most users of Apple computers should be protected, the US company said.

"The vast majority of (Macintosh) OS X users are not at risk to recently reported 'Bash' vulnerabilities," an Apple spokesman said in an email to AFP.

"With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of Bash unless users configure advanced Unix services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced Unix users."

It comes a day after the US government and technology experts warned of a vulnerability in some computer operating systems that could allow widespread and serious attacks by hackers.

Security specialists say that if hackers develop malware to exploit the weakness, millions of Internet-connected devices could be at risk -- from web servers to PCs to routers, as well as any "smart" or wearable electronic devices using the software.

Some said the security hole would be more damaging than the "Heartbleed" bug which affected millions of computers worldwide earlier this year.
Patches were being made available for the flaw, which is also called "Shellshock."

On one hand where more than half of the Internet is considering the Bash vulnerability to be severe, Apple says the vast majority of Mac computer users are not at risk from the recently discovered vulnerability in the Bash command-line interpreter – aka the "Shellshock" bug that could allow hackers to take over an operating system completely.

Apple has issued a public statement in response to this issue, assuring its OS X users that most of them are safe from any potential attacks through the ShellShock Vulnerability, which security experts have warned affect operating systems, including Mac's OS X.

Till then, you may patch yourself using an unofficial patch that fixes the problem and claimed to completely addresses both vulnerabilities. In an email to the Open Source Software Security (oss-sec) mailing list, the maintainer of Bash, Chet Ramey addressed the vulnerability and issued the patch, but there is as of yet no official fix for the issue.

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Written by: Jaime
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