Apple's First Ever Automated OS X Update Will Patch a Critical Flaw

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Apple has pushed out out its first-ever automated security update to Macs. The patch will fix a security flaw that could see hackers gain remote access to computers.

The update first started rolling out on Monday. It fixes a component of the OS which relates to network time protocol (NTP), which is used for synchronising clocks on computer systems.

Usually such updates are packaged up with regular updates, but this one was rolled out immediately to protect customers as soon as possible. Despite the fact that Apple has had that capability for years, this is the first time it's actually ever used it. It doesn't even require a restart. [Reuters]