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This dangerous backdoor is STILL wide open

This dangerous backdoor is STILL wide open
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It's long been established that Apple products are NOT completely immune to viruses or security flaws. However, to Apple's credit, the company generally tackles and solves problems quickly. Or at least that's the impression it likes to give.

Back in November, I told you about the "rootpipe" backdoor in Mac OS X that could let a malicious program or hacker take over your computer or snoop on your activity. At the time, there weren't many details because security researchers and Apple didn't want to give hackers too much information. Then it kind of fell off most people's radar.

Fast forward six months and Apple finally released a fix last week, so researchers are also releasing more information on the danger. One interesting tidbit is that outside experts can't tell if this really is an intentional backdoor built into the system by Apple or just a standard security flaw.

However, some researchers are leaning toward the backdoor theory because of how Apple is handling the fix, which might not be a fix at all.

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