Earlier this week, Apple had rolled out its latest security update in the form of iOS update 10.3.3 for iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, and iPod Touch 6th generation.
The company has also fixed a serious security vulnerability with the device’s WiFi which could have led to a hacker controlling your device.
While the earlier generation iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch won’t be able to get this update, making them vulnerable to remote code execution attack. So, the ones who can, should do that immediately to guard the data in their device.
One of the main issues, as mentioned by Apple, could enable “an attacker within range to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip”.
In simpler words, an attacker could’ve gained remote access to your device without you knowing and could use your device and even steal your data.
The issue was being caused due to memory corruption and was “addressed with improved memory handling”.
Other than that, the latest iOS update also fixes security vulnerabilities arising out of the operating system’s WebKit and Kernel, which could’ve led to arbitrary code execution due to a malicious web code and could also give access to apps to read the restricted memory of the device.
So, all in all, Apple has added quite a few significant upgrades to their device’s security in the latest update and to install it is in anyone’s best interest. This will not only protect your device against remote attacks but will also ensure the safety of your personal and financial data.
The issue with WiFi was arising out of the Broadcom WiFi chips being used in the devices. The same chips are also being used in Samsung, LG, Google and HTC devices.
While Apple’s fixes will be released to all its users alike, Android users running non-Google branded devices are still dependent on their respective smartphone manufacturers to roll out an update customised to the device.
Google had released a security update to fix the issue arising out of the Broadcom WiFi chips earlier this month.