Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mac Attack: Significant Security Flaw Revealed in Apple Technology

Posted By on Sat, Feb 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

A flaw in Apple software could leave your iPhone and iPad vulnerable to cyber criminals.

The flaw, which was revealed Feb. 21, could allow hackers to break encryption codes. In fact, Apple confirmed on Friday that Mac computers were even more exposed.

In a Feb. 21 late evening statement, Apple said, "An attacker ... may capture or modify data," with the problem affecting anyone using an iPhone 4 (or later) model, iPod touch, and the iPad 2,3 and Air models.

"It's as bad as you could imagine, that's all I can say," said Matthew Green, a Johns Hopkins University cryptography professor.

But Apple didn't say when or how it learned about the flaw in the way iOS handles sessions in what are known as secure sockets layer or transport layer security, nor did it say whether the flaw was being exploited.

Apple's statement on its support website was plain: "The software failed to validate the authenticity of the connection."

Meanwhile Apple has released patches and an update for its software.

After analyzing the patch, several security researchers said the same flaw existed in current versions of Mac OSX, running Apple laptop and desktop computers. No patch is available yet for that operating system, though one is expected soon.

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