New OS X Vulnerability Allows Hackers Gain Root Access Without Password

A developer from Italy named Luca Todesco has recently discovered a new zero-day vulnerability, which lets hackers gain root access in OS X Yosemite without using a password. This vulnerability is similar to the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE exploit that has been patched in OS X Yosemite 10.10.5. The developer has reported the vulnerability to Apple, however, it hasn’t been fixed by the guys from Cupertino in the latest update. I honestly hope that Apple developers will react somehow and close a hole in OS X security as soon as possible.

It seems that OS X 10.11 EL Capitan is not vulnerable, however, this information is yet to be confirmed officially.

Here’s what AppleInsider reporters write:

Just days after patching the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE vulnerability with a new OS X point release, Apple's desktop operating system has been hit with yet another zero-day exploit that would allow an attacker to gain root access without using a password.

I think Apple is already aware of the problem and is currently working on a fix. Stay tuned for more information about the aforementioned security breach.


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Written by Andrey

Monday, August 17, 2015. 20:25

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