SOFTWARE COBBLER Apple will include a security update system in its next Mac OS X Mountain Lion desktop operating system release, a developer preview has revealed.
Apple's Security Update System debuts in Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It will automatically check for required updates to address vulnerabilities and install required bug fixes, similar to Microsoft's Windows Update service.
Along with the addition of the security update service to Mountain Lion, Apple has also included a walled garden feature called Gatekeeper, which allows users to block app downloads from developers not certified by Apple or block any app download that's not from its App Store.
These features reflect the idea that Apple computers are no longer immune to cyber threats. After security vendors spotted the Flashback Trojan, a major piece of malware that exploited a Java vulnerability to hijack Mac computers into a botnet, it is becoming increasingly apparent that Apple needs to make security a key feature of its desktop computer OS.
The company quietly removed a statement on its web site recently that Mac OS X "doesn't get PC viruses".
Mac OS X Mountain Lion will be the first one put out by Apple that takes security seriously. Demoed on stage at the firm's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, Apple's next big-cat themed operating system will bring over 200 new features to Mac desktops and Macbook laptops. It will be available from Apple's App Store in July for £13.99. µ