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Apple releases security update for iOS and Apple TV

Customers outside Apple Store in New York
Customers outside Apple Store in New York
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Nov. 1, 2013

Apple has released its latest update to the iOS mobile operating system to address a major security flaw that could allow hackers to capture or modify data in sessions normally protected by encryption.

iOS 7.0.6 is available for the iPhone 4 and later, iPod touch and the iPad 2 and later and should be downloaded at the earliest possible convenience. The update can be found through Apple iTunes via the Check for Updates section or via the settings menu on Apple mobile devices on a trusted Wi-Fi network. Second generation Apple TVs and later also have an update available through the device’s Setting – General – Software Update.

Information on the iOS 7.0.6 update has been posted on the Apple Support page and explains a hacker “with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS (Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security). The document further explains “Secure Transport failed to valid the authenticity of the connection. This issue was address by restoring missing validation steps”.

In basic terminology, this means hackers could infiltrate the Apple mobile operating system and can enter protected sites like Facebook, Twitter and Gmail and to steal sensitive information such as passwords, credit card information and bank statements. Advanced users can learn more by going to Google software engineer Adam Langley’s blog site ImperialViolet.