Apple has stopped releasing security updates for older Mac systems running PowerPC G4 and G5 processors.
According to a post (opens in new tab) made by security researcher Joshua Long, Apple finally dropped security support for Macs that are more than five years old when it released the security update for the DigiNotar SSL certificate hack.
The latest security update released by Apple protects Safari users on Mac from getting fooled by fake SSL certificates, but was only meant for Macs running on Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard, and Mac OS X v10.7 Lion meant for Macs running on Intel’s processors.
The update excludes the older Mac OS X Leopard, which was the last Apple desktop operating system that ran on PowerPC G4 and G5 processors, and were in collaboration by Motorola and IBM.
“Those who purchased a pre-Intel Xserve in October 2006 have only owned them for 4 years and 11 months, and those who purchased a Power Macintosh G5 in July 2006 have only owned them for a little over 5 years. Most of these machines are still running perfectly fine, but Apple has completely cut them off from being able to receive critical security updates ever again,” Long said.