The Bash flaw or the Shellshock bug, which was uncovered this week, has raised an alarming situation all over the technology world but tech giant Apple has said that there’s no need to panic as most of its users are safe from harm, with no patches required.
The Bash bug is especially affecting Linux and OS X systems.
In a statement emailed to various media houses, Apple said: “The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported Bash vulnerabilities. Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. 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.”
According to the company officials, if you are among the “advanced UNIX users” then the best and safest way to remain safe is to disable the troubling services until Apple comes out with an update.
Even if Apple talked about the troubling services, the company was not specific in saying which services are affected.
Talking about the extent of threat that Shellshock poses to the computers and the confidential data, the tech experts said that the thing that makes it so much dangerous is that it has been present in every UNIX system since in 1989. Hence, the extent of its vulnerabilities can be very well estimated as to how many potentially exposed systems are there.
The National Vulnerability Database had earlier this week rated the severity of the problem posed by the bash bug at 10.0 HIGH.
Experts said that the average users have not much to do except to wait for the necessary patches to appear. However, they would be more troublesome for those who run a website or server.