It is first time when Mac manufacturer, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), enforced an automated security updates on Mac users. The recent security update from the company was to defend Mac computers against attackers seeking control of Mac machines. This update from the iPhone maker has followed the announcement from the Department of Homeland Security revealing these bugs to the public.
Apple spokesman, Bill Evans, informed the public, during an interview with Reuters, about these updates stating that the security update was released to fix any potential vulnerabilities in the Network time protocol, MTP, component of Apple’s OS X operating system. What came as a surprise to the users was the fact that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) didn’t ask for any consent from the users and slipped in the updated automatically.
Some security analysts have appreciated the approach from iPhone maker considering the danger from external vulnerabilities. Ken Westin, Tripwire, said,
“Apple’s proactive steps to automatically remediate this particular vulnerability shows the need to quickly patch remotely exploitable vulnerabilities.” He further added, “In this case the update may have been so minor the risk of affecting other applications and processes was minimal.”
Evans further added that the update was “seamless” and didn’t require “restart” to work. Apple had the ability to push automated updates for the last two years but this is the first time when the company pushed an update.
Earlier, the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute along with Homeland Security announced the presence of this potential vulnerability stating that the vulnerability might offer access to intruders on some Mac computers.
CNN has named Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), as the CEO of the year after his successful handling of the iPhone maker for several years and heightened growth. Under the leadership of Cook, the shares of Apple have jumped 40% this year including the outstanding launch of its latest iPhone devices.
This article has been written by Prakash Pandey.