Apple is advising Mac users to update the Remote Desktop software component following the discovery of a flaw that could lead to data disclosure.
The company said that Apple Remote Desktop versions earlier than 3.5.1 contained a vulnerability in which a connection with third-party servers would not be encrypted even when encryption settings display as active.
According to Apple's report, data sent over the connection could possibly be intercepted and observed by an attacker, leading to the potential loss of sensitive information.
To remedy the situation, Apple's update will force Remote Desktop to only establish a connection with a server when an encrypted SSH tunnel can be established. To fully address the security issue, Apple said that users can download the latest version of Remote Desktop, the 3.6.1 release, from the Mac App Store.
In reporting the flaw, Apple credited researcher Mark SC Smith with the discovery of the vulnerability. The company said that Smith is currently studying at Central Connecticut State University.
Apple's Remote Desktop update comes less than a week after both Microsoft and Adobe released critical updates for their products. Microsoft's Patch Tuesday update included fixes for Windows and Internet Explorer systems.
Adobe's patch included a fix for a Flash Player flaw which was recently found to be targeted in a malware operation that utilised fake iPhone 5 news reports.
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