Apple’s security headaches continue to pound. Researchers have recently found yet another threat. In this latest, hackers are able to trick users into allowing them to run commands remotely on macOS Big Sur.
It was discovered by independent expert, Park Minchan, and reported to the SSD Secure Disclosure program. They have this to say:
“A vulnerability in macOS Finder allows files whose extension is inetloc to execute arbitrary commands, these files can be embedded inside emails which if the user clicks on them will execute the commands embedded inside them without providing a prompt or warning to the user
If the inetloc file is attached to an email, clicking on the attachment will trigger the vulnerability without warning.”
While Apple has released a patch for this issue, it has subsequently been reported that it can easily be circumvented. SSD Secure Disclosure has notified Apple of this, but has yet to receive a reply.
On the other hand, this is also simply part of a wider issue: that Macs are indeed vulnerable to attacks. In May, it was attackers being able to take screenshots on your Mac; in July, it was corrupted-memory systems being sitting-ducks for takeover; and just this month we’ve had the zero-clicks debacle. The evidence continues to pile up.
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