Newly discovered Mac malware tarnishes Apple’s security credentials

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iFans will be the first to tell you that, statistically, Apple Macs, iPhones and iPads are less vulnerable to malware than PCs or Android mobile devices, whose much larger user bases make them far more attractive targets for malicious actors.

But two major security flaws which Apple has yet to fully address have recently thrown into doubt the US tech company’s top-notch security credentials.

German coder Stefan Esser last month published details of a vulnerability introduced in the latest release of the Mac OS X operating system Yosemite 10.10.
The flaw leaves open the ability for a hacker to create and open files “anywhere in the file system” and gain administrative access to a victim’s Mac, potentially wreaking all kinds of havoc.

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