Windows is insecure and dangerous, and Macs are safe and impenetrable, right? Haha, not so much. Microsoft’s operating system certainly has its share of security flaws, but it’s actually difficult to say which system software is more vulnerable. That’s because intrepid hackers keep finding holes in macOS and its security protections like the one Mac security researcher (and former NSA hacker) Patrick Wardle just found.
Wardle operates a group called the Objective-See Foundation that offers free and open-source macOS security tools. He says that because he’s created the same sort of software, he knows what the challenges are. That led him to wonder if Apple had overcome those challenges, and as you already know, it didn’t. The security researcher says that “the feature needed a lot of work.”
Fortunately for Mac users, these exploits don’t actually present a surface of attack in and of themselves. Instead, they simply disable part of Apple’s warning system, reducing overall system security. The real concern is that these exploits could be deployed as part of a larger attack, and the user may be none the wiser thanks to the disabled alert notifications.