OS X 10.10.2 to Include ‘Thunderstrike’ Fix
Apple is fixing the “Thunderstrike” hardware problem with OS X 10.10.2, says iMore. Earlier this year researcher Trammell Hudson discovered that you can change a Mac’s boot ROM from it’s Thunderbolt port, allowing attackers to replace the boot ROM. This could contain malicious code, allowing the attacker to take certain information, like passwords and credit card numbers.
This hardware exploit, referred to as “Thunderstrike”, is said to be fixed in OS X 10.10.2. All Apple needs to do is change some code, allowing you to not be able to replace the boot ROM via the Thunderbolt port.
This problem affects all Mac computers with a Thunderbolt port. This includes the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, Mac mini, and iMac. When OS X 10.10.2 comes out in the coming days it is recommended that every user updates to the latest version, which will likely be stated by Apple.