Apple Finally Fixes OSX Security Flaw

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A security flaw in Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) operating systems that surfaced several days ago has issued an update fixing the problem, according to a Reuters report Tuesday. The glitch affected both Mac computers and the company’s iOS software for iPhones.

The security flaw rendered encryption useless, allowing hackers to intercept data such as e-mail or online banking sessions; access to a mobile user’s shared network (say, for instance, a wireless network at a cafe); and the ability to see and alter exchanges between that user and various password-protected sites like Gmail, Facebook, etc. Reuters reports.

The glitch has become known as the “gotofail” glitch after a section Apple’s code was posted online, showing an errant duplicate message responsible for creating the glitch, reading “go to fail.”

The company issued a fix for the iPhone last week; as a result of the OSX fix, issued Tuesday, all Apple devices should now have the proper updates available in order to fix the problem.

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