iOS 10.3.3 update resolves Wi-Fi exploit that allowed for complete outside control of devices

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Date: Friday, July 21st, 2017, 05:14
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

Even if you’re generally a bit hesitant to accept iOS updates until they’ve been out for a while, it might be a good idea to accept the new iOS 10.3.3 update, which was released on Wednesday.

Per Apple’s security document, the update includes the following major fix:

Impact: An attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

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Apple releases macOS 10.12.6, iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3 updates

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Date: Thursday, July 20th, 2017, 05:56
Category: iOS, macOS, News, security, Software, watchOS

‘Twas a day of updates as Apple released new versions of macOS Sierra, iOS 10, and watchOS 3 on Wednesday.

As usual, Apple’s comments as to the changes involved bug fixes, performance improvements and security fixes with the release of macOS Sierra 10.12.6, iOS 10.3.3 and watchOS 3.2.3, respectively.

Specific changes for macOS 10.12.6 included the following:

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Airline cabin ban on notebooks and tablets eased, two more airlines lighten restrictions

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Date: Thursday, July 6th, 2017, 05:14
Category: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, security

This is a bit more encouraging.

According to the BBC, flights from the Abu Dhabi airport are now being exempted from the ban imposed on notebooks and tablets in cabin baggage on certain US-bound flights, and the same now applies to two airlines flying from different airports …

Per the article:

Emirates has said the cabin ban on laptops no longer applies on its flights to the United States. Emirates, which flies to the US from its Dubai hub, said it worked with US authorities to meet new security rules.

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1Password receives update, now offers “Travel Mode” feature

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Date: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, 05:34
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

This could come in handy.

Following an update pushed out last week, 1Password now includes a new feature that lets users selectively erase local data for maximum protection while traveling.

The new “Travel Mode” feature erases all vaults/user profiles with the exception of those marked “safe for travel” from devices connected to a 1Password account. Users can later restore their full list of vaults with another click once they arrive.

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Apple releases iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10.2.1

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Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, 05:52
Category: iOS, News, security, Software, TvOS, watchOS

If you’re in the mood for updates, this is your lucky week.

Apple has released iOS 10.3.2, an update that contains bug fixes and security enhancements.

The update weighs in around 196.4 megabytes and can be installed either through iOS’s Software Update feature or iTunes.

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Feinstein: FBI spent roughly $900,000 to decrypt San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c data

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Date: Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, 05:06
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, privacy, security, Software, Uncategorized

The data recovery effort to copy the iPhone 5c data of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook erred on the pricey side.

Namely, in the neighborhood of $900,000 according to California senator Dianne Feinstein, who mentioned the amount spent recently when questioning FBI director James Comey at a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing.

“I was so struck when San Bernardino happened and you made overtures to allow that device to be opened, and then the FBI had to spend $900,000 to hack it open,” Feinstein commented. “And as I subsequently learned of some of the reason for it, there were good reasons to get into that device.”

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DOK malware surfaces for macOS platform, sneaks past Gatekeeper protection with valid Apple developer account

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2017, 05:06
Category: macOS, News, security, Software

In the age of Macs becoming more popular again, the amount of malware available for the macOS is on the rise.

According to the McAfee Labs, malware attacks on Apple’s Mac computers were up 744% in 2016, and its researchers have discovered nearly 460,000 Mac malware samples, which is still just a small part of overall Mac malware out in the wild.

The Malware Research team at CheckPoint has located a new piece of fully-undetectable Mac malware which apparently affects all versions of Mac OS X, has zero detections on VirusTotal and is “signed with a valid developer certificate (authenticated by Apple).”

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Apple repairs iOS 10.3 vulnerability that caused iOS devices to repeatedly dial 911

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Date: Friday, March 31st, 2017, 05:28
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, security, Software

Following the release of iOS 10.3 earlier this week, a number of users reported that their iOS devices were repeatedly attempting to call 911.

The flaw was discovered by an 18-year old who found a way to use Javascript to remotely cause iOS devices to open popup alerts, open apps, and make phone calls. In an effort to show the severity of the problem, he created a code that caused iPhones to dial 911 repeatedly. All in all, he ended up being arrested and charged with four counts of computer tampering after causing thousands of accidental 911 calls.

It appears that Apple has worked with app developers to examine the issue and close the loophole.

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Apple clears through almost 350 security vulnerabilities with of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates

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Date: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hack, iOS, macOS, News, security, Software, TvOS, watchOS

Apple cleaned house via a slew of operating system updates on Monday, pinning down nearly 350 known vulnerabilities between its changes to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.

Starting with iOS 10.3, Apple’s latest version includes Find My AirPods, Apple’s new file system, CarPlay, and a few other small visual tweaks. With nearly every update Apple does, they also include a handful of security fixes that easily go unnoticed by the user. iOS 10.3 is no exception with over 85 different common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) listed.

In one case, the iOS 10.3 update patched a security hole that allowed attackers to spam Safari with a ‘Cannot Open Page’ dialog. Lookout, a cybersecurity company, learned of the attack after one of their users complained of losing control over their browsing experience. The dialog was meant to trick users into eventually paying money to “unlock” their Safari browser.

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Trump administration looks to carry out electronics travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries

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Date: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 05:14
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, security

The travel ban now applies to some devices coming into the U.S. from some flights.

The Trump administration has banned devices larger than a smartphone in the passenger cabin of flights coming to the U.S. from several airports in Muslim-dominant countries. The ban restricts iPads and other tablets, Kindle ebook readers, notebooks, and other larger electronic devices to checked luggage over terrorism concerns.

The policy was announced earlier this week and covers direct flights to the U.S. from Cairo, Istanbul, Kuwait City, Doha, Casablanca, Amman, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. Specific airlines includes in the ban include Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad Airways.

At present, the airlines have until Friday to comply with the electronics ban.

No specific terrorist threat has been cited by the Trump administration, although it’s been thought that militants may want to disguise bombs in electronic devices. Representatives from the administration have stated that the electronics ban isn’t related to the controversial travel ban being pushed forward regarding the six nations with Muslim-majority populations. These countries presently include Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

It’s also been noted that a similar electronics ban being carried out in the U.K. was triggered from intelligence gathered during a U.S. raid in Yemen earlier this year.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via The Mac Observer and Reuters