Most OS X Mac Users are Safe From the Shellshock Bash Bug, Says Apple

By Gerald Lynch on at

The "Shellshock" or "Bash" bug is the latest computer security risk that's set to blow-up the internet (or something equally histrionic), and is being compared to the equally-nasty Heartbleed bug. Caused by a vulnerability in the bash shell, a command-line shell used in Linux and Unix operating systems, it also leaves Apple's OS X operating system open to hacks too.

But Apple has moved to downplay how at risk its Mac users may be, claiming that the "vast majority" of its users will be safe.

"The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities," an Apple spokesperson told iMore.

"Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorised 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."

Even if you were at risk, unless you're a manager of web systems, it seems you're not going to be able to do much to defend against the flaw. [iMore]