A serious flaw in network security affecting iOS devices and Mac computers was made public on February 21. Apple has since issued patches for both iOS 7 and OS X which we recommend all users install immediately.
Known as the ‘gotofail’ bug after a problematic command found in the operating systems’ code, a security flaw in iOS and OS X could allow a third-party to intercept data being sent over what would ordinarily be a secure Internet connection (SSL/TLS). The hacker would then be able to alter this data, access personal details, and inject malware.
A potential scenario for these ‘man-in-the-middle’ attacks would be while a user is connected to public WiFi in a cafe, train station, airport, etc. and accessing a web service which requires a login such as Gmail, Facebook, e-commerce or online banking.
Check now to see if your device is vulnerable by visiting the gotofail.com website.
At time of writing, patches are available for iOS 7 and OS X Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8), and Mavericks (10.9)
To update your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update and follow the on-screen prompts.
To update your Mac, go to the Apple () menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select Software Update.
- About the security content of iOS 7.0.6 (Apple)
- About the security content of OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 and Security Update 2014-001 (Apple)
- List of all recent Apple security updates
- And for the programmers out there – a breakdown of the gotofail source code by a Google engineer
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