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 This week in Lesson 6, we are covering Microsoft Windows Operating System Hardening and Windows Application Security……..Check out this article concerning a Mac OS security flaw. Explain in two paragraphs the importance of patching security flaws. Please provide at least 2 references to support your viewpoint. 

https://www.engadget.com/amp/2019/03/04/google-discloses-high-severity-mac-security-flaw/

If you cant access the web link above click here for the pdf version of the article. 

Google discloses 'high severity' Mac security flaw ahead of patch

https://www.engadget.com/amp/2019/03/04/google-discloses-high-severity-mac-security-flaw/[4/11/2019 3:36:25 PM]

Security

Google discloses 'high severity' Mac security flaw ahead of patch The vulnerability could let attackers mess with the file system in secret.

Google's Project Zero security disclosure program is once again proving to be a double-edged sword.

The company has detailed a "high severity" macOS kernel flaw that lets people modify a user-

mounted file system image without the virtual management subsystem being any the wiser,

theoretically letting an attacker go unnoticed by users. Apple is working on a patch, but the

disclosure ahead of the fix could leave Mac users vulnerable until it's ready.

The less-than-ideal timing stems in part from how Project Zero works. Google notified Apple of the

bug in November 2018, but its automatic 90-day disclosure policy means that it will publicize

security vulnerabilities whether or not a fix is in place. While the company does offer a 14-day grace

Jon Fingas, 03.04.19

Google discloses 'high severity' Mac security flaw ahead of patch

https://www.engadget.com/amp/2019/03/04/google-discloses-high-severity-mac-security-flaw/[4/11/2019 3:36:25 PM]

period for companies who don't think they'll have patches ready in time, Apple didn't necessarily

qualify for this reprieve. We've asked both Apple and Google for comment.

It's not clear how easy this would be to exploit in the wild. In the meantime, you'll likely want to be

particularly careful about the sites you visit and the files you download. A successful attack could

theoretically make serious changes to macOS without tripping system-level safeguards, and you

might not be aware of the damage until considerably later.

Google discloses 'high severity' Mac security flaw ahead of patch

https://www.engadget.com/amp/2019/03/04/google-discloses-high-severity-mac-security-flaw/[4/11/2019 3:36:25 PM]

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Google discloses 'high severity' Mac security flaw ahead of patch

https://www.engadget.com/amp/2019/03/04/google-discloses-high-severity-mac-security-flaw/[4/11/2019 3:36:25 PM]

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  • engadget.com
    • Google discloses 'high severity' Mac security flaw ahead of patch
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