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This article was published on February 22, 2014

You should update your iPhones and iPads to iOS 7.0.6 for a crucial SSL security fix

You should update your iPhones and iPads to iOS 7.0.6 for a crucial SSL security fix
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Apple’s release of iOS 7.0.6 might seem like a routine update, but you’ll definitely want to install it, as it contains an important security fix that addresses a flaw with SSL encryption.

A support document about the update notes that a validation problem with Secure Transport could potentially allow attackers “with a privileged network position to capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS.” We’ve reached to Apple for more information, but in the meantime, you should assume that the issue is as serious as it sounds.

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Apple also released an Apple TV update and iOS 6.1.6 today to address the same issue. You can find the iOS updates in iTunes or in the device’s settings pane. The Apple TV update can be found under Settings > General > Update Software.

Since SSL is often used to transfer sensitive data like payment information, personal details and logins, any potential compromise to the authentication process is a critical vulnerability.

iOS 7.0.6 | iOS 6.1.6

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