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Security flaw that iOS 4.3.5 fixed could expose your sensitive data

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Security flaw that iOS 4.3.5 fixed could expose your sensitive data
When Apple released iOS 4.3.5 to address a security vulnerability in its platform, it wasn't exactly clear how big of a hole in the system's defense was being patched. Well, it turns out that the flaw in iOS was a pretty critical one indeed as it would have given an attacker the chance to easily sniff on your sensitive information.

You see, when you use your iPhone or iPad for something that requires your identification, that is usually done over an encrypted connection. Thanks to a tool called sslsniff, a hacker with access to your Internet traffic can read all that encrypted data, assuming that you have not updated to iOS 4.3.5 yet. That includes the username and password for your PayPal or online banking account, Facebook profile, and anything else that requires your log in credentials. What makes the hacker's job even easier is that sslsniff  works without the victim's awareness and can easily determine whether the targeted device is vulnerable or not.

Updating to iOS 4.3.5, or 4.2.9 if you are a Verizon subscriber, is strongly recommended if you use your iDevice for anything beyond making phone calls and sending text messages. As for those who are still holding on to an iPhone 3G or older, a security fix for those handsets will not be made available.

source: Naked Security via PCMag

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posted on 28 Jul 2011, 07:01

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


So glad its fixed

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 07:44 2

2. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Apple is quick at fixing stuff like this, they don't wait until 30+ rogue programs get out and then do something about it.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 07:59 1

3. Laurynas (unregistered)


Some other news related with Apple and exploits:

"Apple Laptops Vulnerable To Hack That Kills Or Corrupts Batteries"

Read more:http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2011/07/22/apple-laptops-vulnerable-to-hack-that-kills-or-corrupts-batteries/

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 18:09

14. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Has nothing to do with cellphones.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 07:07

17. Laurynas (unregistered)


Yes, I know.
It is just information related with Apple.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 08:56

5. C'monSon (unregistered)


The difference there is that programs are not controlled by Google is who I'm going to assume your talking about. They were by someone who was taking paid and other programs and re-releasing them for free, so to be vulnerable to the you had to of downloaded it.

This is to do with Apples OS, not something to download so if your looking at risks, this is the bigger of the two. Everyones vulenrable to this who doesn't update, Android is vulnerable only if your a idiot and try and download paid apps for free.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 18:08

13. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Who me? Oh noes, I didn't name anyone at all. It's not my fault if Google can't control their own damn market with better quality control.

And Android has so many security risks and flaws in its OS that it essentially feels like Windows.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 16:58

19. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


If you knew anything about computers you would know that Windows machines are actually more secure than most other operating systems, their just more common.

crApples OS is whats filled with security risks and flaws.

http://techland.time.com/2011/03/14/pwn2own-roundup-apple-fails-google-stays-strong/

Make sure you read that article...I dont think you'll talk sh*t afterwards.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 08:17 1

4. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I've been updated as soon as it came out

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 09:00 4

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This proves that no OS is perfect. iSheep always knock Android, but now they need to understand that iOS is no different. If it's an OS then it can be compromised. Both Android & Apple fix their issues quickly, that is good for the customer. Remember malware & hacks can be made to tailor ANY OS. There is no safe or safer OS. All OS's are vulnerable!

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 18:10

15. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


iSheep. Oh like Andrones have much room to talk with all the malware and viruses prevalent on Android. That's what happens when you try and use the Linux kernel for a half baked OS.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 07:10

18. Laurynas (unregistered)


Talking about malware, there is also many types of malware on Symbian and iOS operating systems!

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 09:11 1

7. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


and the iFans say Android has security issues, might i add that in the hacking contest, only WP7 and android remained unhacked. iOS crumbled in a matter of minutes, along with blackberry.
iOS is about as safe as a car left in the ghetto, opened, and with the keys inside.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 13:50

8. stealthd (Posts: 913; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Yes WP7 and Android were "unhacked" because no one tried to hack them, not because they're more secure.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 14:34

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3755; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Exactly what I said in my other post. No OS is secure. To say one OS is more secure than another is wrong. To think that, would be fallacy like unicorns & the pot of gold at the ends of a rainbow!

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 19:00

16. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


no, people DID try to hack them, but they failed.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 15:07

10. G-reg (unregistered)


So if you have the iphone 3g... Good f'n luck casue your beloved company just doesnt give a sh!t about keeping your bank info safe.

And thanks to the natural way of media, this exploit is known by more hackers now than the useres themselves.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 16:47

11. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


excuse me while i hack into this perfert os lol

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:31

12. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


s**t happens all the time friend of mine is a comp hacker, too easy these days. real scary if you think about it, i dont care too much if they steal pics or contacts but i do check my bank on my phone.

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