FLASH: Update your Apple iOS devices

A couple days ago, Apple issued new updates for the firmware that runs on iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and iPod Touch.   The versions are:

  • iOS 7.0.6 – iPhone 4 and later, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 and later
  • iOS 6.1.6 – iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (4th generation)
  • Apple TV 6.0.2 – Apple TV 2nd generation and later

I strongly recommend that you apply these updates as soon as is practical.  This update can be applied via iTunes or on-line.  The update contains a critical bug fix to SSL, which is the technology that insures that the site you are attempting to establish a secure connection with is legitimate and secure.

It turns out that there is a coding error that effectively (and quietly) bypasses a  test, which could allow another site to masquerade as the desired site.  Though this appears to be a “day zero” bug, now that the weakness is known, it’s important to get it fixed pronto.

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