Apple issues patch for iOS 7 security risk
The iPhone maker addresses a worrisome vulnerability in its latest mobile operating system. A fix for Macs is yet to be released, but coming 'very soon.'
By Daisuke Wakabayashi, The Wall Street Journal
Apple (AAPL) released a software update for iOS 7, its mobile operating system, to patch a potential security risk for users of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
In its release, which became available on Friday, Apple said the software update "provides a fix for SSL connection verification." SSL is an acronym for secure socket layer, which allows data to be encrypted when sent over the Internet.
According to a blog post from security technology firm CrowdStrike, this vulnerability allows a would-be attacker to intercept data such as email messages to or from your phone. An attacker could alter the data to "deliver exploits to take control of your system," according to the post.
CrowdStrike recommends that users install the latest software updates as soon as possible once they are on a trusted network connection.
On Apple's security support page, the company said the flaw stemmed from a failure to validate the authenticity of the connection. Apple said the patch restores the missing validation steps.
Apple said the same vulnerability exists in Apple's OS X operating system for its Mac computers. "We are aware of this issue and already have a software fix that will be released very soon," an Apple spokeswoman said.
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