While many 18-year-olds are worrying about finding a cheap microwave in time for dorm move-in day, Luca Todesco has been breaking Apple’s operating system apart at the seams.
The exploit, which has reportedly already been tweaked in the latest OS X El Capitan beta, corrupts a computer’s memory, allowing a hacker to bypass built-in security techniques and gain unlimited access to the system.
Todesco told MacWorld that he informed Apple about the vulnerability shortly before making it public, and he said that he didn’t release details of the exploit with any malicious intent.
Still, the young hacker has already received significant criticism from many security researchers, who insist that he should have given Apple time to fix the problem before releasing details about it.
As Apple’s market share continues to climb, it will face more persistent pressure to live up to its public image—and marketing strategy—as the most secure operating system around.
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