If you’re an Apple, then you might understand just how important iOS updates are for your Apple computers. However, it seems recent Apple Mac updates are starting to get themselves in trouble.
Tech enthusiasts know what it means when we say we have to update our softwares. This allows us to enjoy new features for our devices. Not to mention, it provides fixes against risky bugs that can ruin our experience.
However, trouble is abound when even our updates don’t seem to work. In a study published by security group Duo Security, it appears updates from tech giant Apple tend to neglect patches to their computer firmware. This is the code that actually helps chips and processors run smoothly.
As explained in CNET, around 4.2-percent of 73,000 Macs that were reviewed actually didn’t get the updated versions of their firmware. In fact, some older Apple computers were actually pretty far behind, with 16 having no updates to their firmware, and 18 only have been updated shortly before leaving the Apple factories.
Duo Labs reported this is an earlier version of the firmware than they have expected, as the updates have failed for some reason.
It appears the updates have highlighted a place in the Mac that Duo Labs said didn’t get the attention it needed. This is dangerous especially for firmware as this leaves them quite open for attacks from hackers.
This means hackers will have an edge to force the Mac to submit to his or her will, meaning he or she can use and access any networks the Mac can.
Apple did respond to Duo’s research, saying they are still on their way to work on more ways to make their Mac systems more secure.
In fact, with the recent release of MacOS 10.13 (nicknamed High Sierra), Apple now advised users to send them a message should their computers fail to upgrade.
What Is A Firmware?
A Firmware is a kind of software that a lot of people aren’t exactly familiar with.
We can remember that any software that can become a computer needs a silicon chip to run everything. This has a lot of features, which includes the capability of actually starting your computer.
This chip is normally as it is, but its performance can be upgraded thanks to periodical updates. The feature lets firmwares become more like softwares and hardwares at the same time.
However, it seems Apple computers are not alone with this predicament. Windows computers are also familiar with this kind of problem. Unfortunately, the firm has yet to have data on the issue.
Duo Security said observing Apple computers became easier because a firmware update in any Mac OS is actually tied to a specific version on their computers. This means it’s easy to expect the kind of OS that a machine should run. Meanwhile, Windows PCs are actually more complex.
Due Security is actually planning to release new tools that could help users determine whether or not they are running the appropriate versions of their firmwares.