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2/26/2014
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Apple Patches Mavericks SSL Flaw: Update Now

Security update patches "goto fail" flaw that enables attackers to intercept communications, but won't help the 23% of Macs running older OS

Apple has released a patch for OS X to fix a critical "goto fail" SSL flaw that attackers could use to eavesdrop on a target's communications, including everything from emails and address book appointments to FaceTime video chats and Find My Mac tracking information.

"The bug was caused by a line of C code that says 'goto fail,' which was a self-descriptive irony too amusing to ignore," said Paul Ducklin, head of technology for Sophos in the Asia Pacific region, in a blog post.

Apple's security update fixes that "SSL connection verification" flaw -- as the technology giant instead labeled it -- in OS X Mavericks 10.9 and 10.9.1, as well as a number of other security problems. Meanwhile, the company also issued security updates for OS X Lion v10.7.5, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, and OS X Lion Server 10.7.5, although none of them are reportedly vulnerable to the goto-fail bug.

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Mathew Schwartz served as the InformationWeek information security reporter from 2010 until mid-2014. View Full Bio

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2/27/2014 | 7:31:26 PM
re: Apple Patches Mavericks SSL Flaw: Update Now
The real failure was in code review, module testing and system testing (and all other software QA checks); their C compiler should have kicked this out with a warning, that's how basic this is.
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2/27/2014 | 3:57:49 PM
re: Apple Patches Mavericks SSL Flaw: Update Now
goto is just a command. fail is a section of code that describes what happens when the main branch can not execute. self-descriptive - yes. amusing - no. this construct is standard, omni-present, boring, about as mandane as a 'go to stop sign' line in a driving instruction.

It is not becoming for a head of technilogy to make cheap jokes like this. It also makes one think of how much this 'chief' knows about the actual technology.
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