Cracking Apple's security vault

The latest Apple cyber security scare threatens to render passwords on a Mac useless and is further evidence that they are not immune to cyber threats.

Apple's had a rough time lately on the security front. Last month it was caught out having delayed the release of a security update for Java, resulting in more than 600,000 Macs being recruited into a botnet. Now a quality assurance mistake can cause OS X users' FileVault encryption passwords to be exposed.

Last week, David Emery posted to an encryption mailing list disclosing this flaw in the latest OS X Lion security update, 10.7.3, which was released in February.

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