Apple — Most Mac OS X Users Not Vulnerable to ‘Shellshock’

On one hand where more than half of the Internet is considering the Bash vulnerability to be severe, Apple says the vast majority of Mac computer users are not at risk from the recently discovered vulnerability in the Bash command-line interpreter – aka the “Shellshock” bug that could allow hackers to take over an operating system completely.
Apple has issued a public statement in response to this issue, assuring its OS X users that most of them are safe from any potential attacks through the ShellShock Vulnerability, which security experts have warned affect operating systems, including Mac’s OS X.

The vast majority of OS X users are not at risk to recently reported bash vulnerabilities,” Apple said. “Bash, a UNIX command shell and language included in OS X, has a weakness that could allow unauthorized users to remotely gain control of vulnerable systems. With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced UNIX services. We are working to quickly provide a software update for our advanced UNIX users.

According to Apple, in OS X majority of users are considered to be safe so long as they haven’t configured any advanced access. Soon the company will also issue an OS X update to fix the potential hole, till then the OS X users are advised to make sure that they don’t enable any advanced UNIX options before the patch releases.