The furor surrounding the Heartbleed security bug seems to be dying down slowly but surely, but this does not mean that it no longer poses a threat to computer users everywhere. Apple has more or less managed to evade the Heartbleed security flaw for quite some time now, but this does not mean that their products are 100% immune. In fact, Apple has just issued an update to their latest AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Wi-Fi routers in order to fix a Heartbleed-related vulnerability that will rear its ugly head if you so happen to rock to Back to My Mac remote access or are sending diagnostics.
Better a fix now than later, right? This particular flaw will not allow those with nefarious intentions to steal your personal data or credentials, it could still open some leeway for them to launch man-in-the-middle attacks which will eventually grant access to login pages on not only the router, but also on your computer as well.
For those who happen to be rocking to an older version of the AirPort, there is nothing much for you to worry about. This just goes to show that being an early adopter does not necessarily benefit you always. As for the other folks out there who happen to be making use of the latest networking devices from Apple, it would be highly recommended that you patch up your hardware without any further delay.
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