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Serious Apple Security Flaw in OS X and iOS

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Last Updated: Dec 3, 2016

Apple has recently released another update to fix most of the problems affecting OS X and iOS users. The problem was caused by an SSL encryption bug, allowing hackers to gain access of users computers and mobile devices.

The company has updated OS X to counter the problem, on these patches:

  • The most recent versions, OS X Mavericks 10.9 and 10.9.1
  • The earlier versions OS X Lion v10.7.5, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5.

Other versions could still be hit with the problem, but Apple has a knack for not supporting older versions of OS X. Considering Mavericks is free to any and all users, anyone who cannot grab the latest update is either running on an old machine or just does not update their software to begin with, making them an unlucky target.

SSL encryption is a rather large part of mobile and PC services, acting as the middle man for security in payments and emails. Being able to back the SSL could cause hackers to watch over transactions and emails when being sent, allowing them to take control of the sent package and forward it to other places.

SSL and TLS both scramble data across the network, making sure any hackers who have not intercepted the SSL cannot find the data or transaction. However, when the SSL encryption is corrupted, it becomes muddy ground and extremely easy for hackers to take advantage.

Apple has usually been incredibly good at fixing bugs on both OS X and iOS. Historically, Microsoft’s Windows platform has always been the one to have corruption and problems, this seems to be recurring on Android, the open source platform Google has created for mobile devices.

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