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A Tweet-Sized Exploit Can Get Root On OS X 10.10

Jul 24

vivaoporto writes: The Register reports a root-level privilege-escalation exploit that allows one to gain administrator-level privileges on an OS X Yosemite Mac using code so small that fits in a tweet.

The security bug, documented by iOS and OS X guru Stefan Esserwhich, can be exploited by malware and attackers to gain total control of the computer.

This flaw is present in the latest version of Yosemite, OS X 10.10.4, and the beta, version 10.10.5 but is already fixed in the preview beta of El Capitan (OS X 10.11) Speaking of exploits:

Reader trailrunner 7 notes that “HP’s Zero Day Initiative has released four new zero days in Internet Explorer that can lead to remote code execution.”


Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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