The little thing behind Apple's big security slip-up

The bug that left Apple red-faced isn't as complex or virulent a beast as one might imagine. When it comes to writing code, a simple oversight can lead to a big problem.

Many people are aware of the dangers of missed punctuation, as highlighted in the campaign “Use commas. Don’t be a psycho.”, which is illustrated by the accompanying statement: “I like cooking my family and pets.” What the public may not be aware of are the extreme dangers of similar missing punctuation in computer code. Certainly, developers at Apple have been reminded of this with the revelation last week of a bug that made the secure communication of all of Apple’s devices fail and, if exploited, all transactions and conversations visible to attackers.

Apple issued a fix for its mobile devices on Friday but not for laptops until yesterday.


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