A teen just uncovered 2 ways to break into your Mac

A teen just uncovered 2 ways to break into your Mac

18-year-old Luca Todesco has uncovered two zero-day vulnerabilities in OS X that could be exploited to remotely gain access to a computer, reports PC World.

Todesco’s exploit uses two bugs to corrupt memory found in the OS X kernel. This condition can be used to circumvent built-in safeguards against intrusions and grant the attacker access to a root shell.

His exploit code works on OS X version 10.9.5 through 10.10.5. However, Apple has already fixed the issue in El Capitan 10.11, which is currently in beta.

Todesco posted details of his findings, along with a patch for them on GitHub. He said that he’d notified Apple of the issues a few hours before publishing them.

If you’re running any of the affected versions of OS X, you’d do well to consider Todesco’s patch; bear in mind that it’s an unofficial fix, so use it at your own risk.

We’ve contacted Apple and will update this post if we hear back.

➀ Italian teen finds two zero-day vulnerabilities in OS X [PC World]

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