Apple sends out iOS 7.0.6 to fix major security flaw

Apple sends out iOS 7.0.6 to fix major security flaw
Apple announced on Friday that it had discovered a major security flaw in iOS that allowed hackers to read email and other forms of communication that were supposed to be encrypted. If hackers had access to a Wi-Fi network used by an iPhone, they could have read emails and messages sent from the iPhone user to protected sites like Gmail and Facebook. 

The Cupertino based firm would not say if the flaw had been exploited, but did note that the problem dealt with the way that iOS handled secure sockets layer verification. On Apple's support website, the tech titan wrote that "the software failed to validate the authenticity of the connection".

Apple closed the exploit with iOS 7.0.6, which was sent out on Friday with software patches for the Apple iPhone 4 and later, Fifth-generation Apple iPod touch, and the Apple iPad 2 and later. Apple also updated its older Apple iPhone 3GS and fourth-generation Apple iPod touch to iOS 6.1.6. Without the patch, a hacker could pretend to be a protected site, scooping up emails and financial data as it goes from the user's iDevice to a protected site. Apple suggests using a Wi-Fi connection to download and install the update, which ranges in size from 16MB to 35MB.

The matter was deemed urgent enough for Apple to send out iOS 7.0.6 now rather than wait for iOS 7.1, which is expected to be pushed out sometime next month.


source: ZDNet

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26 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Will they release an update to stop NSA spying on your iPhone as well? :P Just kidding.

2. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

See, no OS is perfect, and it's Ok!... Just phones people...

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

What are you trying to say?

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Exactly what that combination of words mean.. Nothing else... I don't have time to play with you, dude.. Lol.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post, straight to the point. These little stupid fanboys are killing this site. +1 man.

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Little stupid fanboys? That doesn't make any sense because you're one of them.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We all know the ones that come to this site to bother people, insult people over their choice, and generally start trouble. You are part of that click.

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Your comments make no sense at all. Let's be honest, just ask yourself that who's the one here who come to this site to bother people? Yes, I know you're a tech lover same as me, but if you say I come to this site to bother people, that doesn't make any sense. Because you did bother people in here, for example, you bother a user here called inspectorgadget80 most of the times, when he comments, you bother him. And that's enough to conclude that you bother people and generally start trouble. And since when did I insult people over their choice, do you know what you're talking about, sir? Yes, I admit that I was an annoying fanboy in the past, but hey, I'm not that anymore. To those people in here who still take me as an annoying fanboy like in the past, just close your account in here and go get a life.

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I just lol'd at your comment considering you haven't changed at all. So cute.

15. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Darkkjedii is the lest biased user on PA.. He has a iPhone, and a Note3, and just might be wiling to give WP a chance one day if it comes to his liking.. If he does criticize then it's constructive, unlike a lot of users on here... ...................... You? Even when I stick up for the iPhone you try to make it seem like I'm trolling... Ok..

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's why I didn't even bother to respond to his rant of a post rodney. Everyone in this site knows I'm very unbiased, even though I prefer apples devices, I'm so unbiased that I get called a liar about it. Xperiadroid blasts anyone who doesn't blast apple, just look at his posting habits, then look at mine and you'll see. I'm never here to be a bother, that kinda life is beneath me. I may get bothered a lot for obvious reasons, but oh well. I wish I would spend my day coming to PA just to irritate and bug people puuuuleasr. That's Xperia, PAPINYC, topcat, eclipsegsx, and the 5 time banned Troll. +1 rodney

35. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Exactly.. Actually, technically, we're all biased to some degree.. Like me I prefer WP, and and most likely not going to use anything else.. Nothing wrong with being, and admitting that you're a Apple fan, or MS fan.. These haters make it seem like that's wrong.. But, extreme bias that gets in the way of logical thinking, and causes you to say stupid things like "I hope WP fails, and it gets shut down" is absolutely retarded... But, we at least have the capacity to give credit where credit is due, and respect other peoples platform, or platforms, of choice...

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Pot calling the kettle black.

5. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Man i thought this update would help with the app store sometimes not downloading/updating apps over wifi. I'll tell you thats a real pain sometimes. Also, same issue with iTunes. Over wifi whenever i try to preview a song, it doesn't play (sometimes) unless i reboot the wifi on the phone. Waiting for 7.1 to fix this particular issue.

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Interesting... I need to start playing with my GF's iPhone more often, and make shure she's getting these updates... ................... Question.. Can you set apps to automatically update themselves in iOS?

7. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Not sure if there is a way to do that. I usually get a notification on my mac or iPhone and download where i want albeit if its the mac, gotta connect phone after update. But yeah go ahead check it out, its a pain updating apps over wifi because 4/10 times it would say cannot connect try again. At the same time if you switch to cellular data, update starts right away.

21. 1701nino unregistered

Just go to settings and turn "automaticly update apps" on.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep u sure can bruh.

10. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

The app will tell u if there is an update and numbers will pop up on th e AppStore to let u know the #of uf updates u have.. In the Appstore you can choose to update all in one click..

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine auto update

22. Sandyago

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Well, I prefer waiting for iOS 7.1

29. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And if you don't connect to public WiFi, you don't have the risk.

23. adecvat

Posts: 652; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Fix for jailbreak?))

30. ijustcoolin

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

After updateing any one facing any ishu with watsapp b?

38. spasticpat

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

I didn't get any kind of notification or anything over wifi, just found out about this update from PA.

39. blade19

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 29, 2011

I know this is a "phone news site" but this flaw also affects OS X, according to this article:http://gizmodo.com/why-apples-huge-security-flaw-is-so-scary-1529041062. Security flaws exist for all platforms out there, doesn't matter how good each of us thinks which of our platform choices are better.

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