The “Shellshock” bug which the security experts have discovered off late, doesn’t pose any serious problem to most of the users of OS X, says Apple. The Operating systems of computers are affected by this bug, and this includes the OS X of MAC Computers as well.
A spokesman for Apple, Bill Evans stated that majority of OS X users aren’t at risk and no serious threats would be posed. Shellshock, also known as CVE-2014-6271 is described by Red Hat, an open source software company as a possible ‘catastrophic’ bug, the dangers of which could be more than Heartbleed.
Its vulnerability is in Bash shell, a command prompt software which is used in Linux open operating system as well as other platforms that are based on Unix.
Bash acts as a middleman and does tasks like translating the commands that are entered by the users, for the Operating system to work on. It also affects the OS X, the operating system based on Unix.
As per Red Hat, the Shellshock bug can be used for compromising the computer by incorporating malicious code into the system, thus bypassing the security measures that the computer implements, for executing the hack codes.
Once the malicious code is executed by the hacker, information can be accessed and there is a control over the computer as well as other types of hack attacks. This can be damaged remotely by the hackers. As per Evans, the MAC computers don’t have a threat because they aren’t configured for advanced Unix services that are exploited by Shellshock. These services can be included only if the settings of the computer are configured by the user.
He added that they are working quickly so that a software update is provided for advanced UNIX users. iOS mobile operating system used on devices like iPhone and iPad stay unaffected by this bug. Computer security experts are trying hard to find out which systems have a vulnerability to this bug.