Mac App Store exposes users to security risks, claims researcher

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

If you are using the Apple Mac App Store you might be putting your computer’s security at risk.

That’s the finding of security researcher Joshua Long who has warned that the App Store has not published the latest versions of various applications, despite the fact they can include critical security updates.

Here’s part of Long’s warning:

Third-party Web browser maker Opera has released version 11.11 of its software, which fixes a “critical” security issue.

Mac users who have downloaded Opera through the App Store may find themselves using a copy of Opera that is now two versions old, 11.01, which was released back in March and is vulnerable to the security bug patched in 11.11.

Users who rely on the App Store to tell…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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