If you own an Apple device, update to 9.3.3 as soon as possible
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) recently rolled out the 9.3.3 update for iOS devices and urged users to patch up to the latest software because it contains a bunch of security updates. It has just been discovered that Apple’s iOS has a security flaw, which lets hackers steal user passwords by simply sending a text message. According to the company, the recent hack is a very serious security issue for which it is recommended to update as soon as possible.
The new hack directly targets the ImageIO, which is a programming interface that can read and write image data. This means when a hacker sends a multimedia message with the malicious code attached, the code starts executing it as soon the user receives it. Users can also be affected by the hack with malicious emails or webpages, but they would have to click on a link or webpage to initiate the hack.
Once a user device is infected, hackers can get access to a part of the computer’s main memory through which sensitive information, such as credentials and passwords, can be leaked. The hack currently affects iPhones running 9.3.2, Mac OS X El Capitan, tvOS and WatchOS. The recent Apple hack is very similar to Stagefright, which affected Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) Google Android devices in a similar way. Stagefright was worse for Android users as the vulnerability remained unpatched for a long time and hackers had more access to affected devices.
The new update also fixes the Facetime flaw, which was discovered by a Salesforce security engineer that lets snoops listen to Facetime calls. One reason for the popularity of Apple devices is the company’s ability to send out security fixes in a timely manner. It regularly rolls out new updates to improve the devices’ performance and enhance the security capabilities.