Apple leaves Mac users open to hackers

Automated update feature puts users at risk...

Automated update feature puts users at risk...

Apple has been warned that hackers can take advantage of a hole on the company's online software update service to piggyback malicious code on downloads. A hacker has posted details on the BugTraq mailing list on how to exploit the vulnerability on any Mac running the OS X operating system. SoftwareUpdate, Apple's software updating mechanism in OS X, checks for new updates from the company's website on a weekly basis. The report claims the feature downloads updates and installs them without asking for authentication. Apple has failed to provide a patch for the problem but said it is investigating the report.