Sep 29, 2017

Apple Macs and PCs at risk from boot bug

Apple Mac computers are being exposed to security risks because core software is outdated, research suggests. Duo Security found that 4.2% of the 74,000 Macs it tested ran insecure versions of software that helps get the machines running. It said the figure was likely to be replicated in the global population of Macs and worse on PCs. Apple welcomed the research and said it was improving how it updated machines. In its research, Duo Security looked at the versions of a type of software known as the extensible firmware interface on a large population of Apple Mac computers currently in use. Many Macs Duo tested had never had their EFI updated, he said, and some were using old versions of the code even though they were up to date with operating system and application security patches.

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