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Computer maker fights back: Shellshock patch protects against 'worst computer bug ever'

Computer maker fights back: Shellshock patch protects against 'worst computer bug ever'
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Dubbed the “worst computer bug ever,” Shellshock puts half a billion websites and untold numbers of personal gadgets and computers at risk for hackers. Now, one major computer builder offers up a fix that’s supposed to protect users from dangerous hackers.

Apple has issued an OS X update to protect against the Shellshock security hole. The update works with Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks, though each one uses a slightly modified version.

If you missed the news about Shellshock, it's a security flaw that gives hackers an easy way to take over or install dangerous software on any machine infected with it. Though Shellshock's main target was the millions of computers that power websites, Apple's Mac computers are also vulnerable to the flaw.

Now, because it was detected relatively early, there is still a good chance that you can avoid it completely, IF you act quickly. So, rather than bore you with the technical details of this nightmarish bug, let's talk about Apple's fix.

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