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.