Stock in News: Apple (NASDAQ AAPL) & the Bash Bug

Millions learned today that they might be running machines with a “bug” more dangerous than “Heartbleed”. Bash comes pre-installed on both Apple Inc (NASDAQ AAPL)’s iMac and MacBook computers.

It allows hackers to essentially gain full access to your computer including “sensitive information, confidential information, intellectual property, customer data, financial data – the list goes on – including the ability to make changes,” Kyle Kennedy, chief technology officer at data security firm STEALTHbits Technologies, said in a statement.

And it’s not just data security firms that are frightened, The Department of Homeland Security’s computer security team also issued an alert about the bug early on Thursday.

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This “bash bug” is really quite scary to me all of a sudden. It’s apparently ridiculously easy to use with Dan Guido, chief executive of a cybersecurity firm Trail of Bits saying, “The method of exploiting this issue is also far simpler. You can just cut and paste a line of code and get good results.”

Tod Beardsley, an engineering manager at cybersecurity firm Rapid7 almost went so far as to compare it to Ebola in its severity and ease by which it could quickly infect millions. “Using this vulnerability, attackers can potentially take over the operating system, access confidential information, make changes, et cetera,” Beardsley said. “Anybody with systems using Bash needs to deploy the patch immediately.”

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Operating systems based off Linux, including CentOS, Debian, Redhat and Ubuntu, have issued updates to begin squashing the bug, the Department of Homeland Security said. While Apple, who developed the damn thing along with non-profit Free Software Foundation is remaining silent?

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