Last week it was discovered that iOS had a gaping security vulnerability, one that could be exploited by hackers to launch man-in-the-middle attacks. The exploit would allow hackers to intercept crucial information being sent by the device, such as emails and login credentials. To plug it, Apple released iOS 7.0.6/6.1.6. Soon after that, the company confirmed that this bug also existed on OS X. Today it has finally released a new incremental OS X update that takes care of the SSL encryption bug on Mac.
Today’s update brings the fix for both Mountain Lion and the latest OS X Mavericks. For the latter, it bumps version up to 10.9.2 and also brings improvements for Mail, Safari and iMessage. The update also brings the ability to make as well as receive FaceTime audio calls. To download this update, Mac users can head to the Software Update section on the Mac’s Apple menu. It goes without saying that this is a crucial security fix and it would serve users’ own interests to download the latest OS X update as soon as possible. Apple still hasn’t revealed for how long this exploit has existed on both iOS and OS X, so one can only assume that it might go far back. We’re just glad that it has finally been plugged.