If you have an iPhone or Mac running older software versions, here s an something really important for you. Researchers have found out that the Apple devices running recent iOS versions come with a vulnerability, which is believed to be as bad as the Stagefright bug. The vulnerability allows a hacker to simply send an iMessage to an iOS or OS X device and gain control over the device s internal storage or stored passwords. Apple has patched the issue with the latest iOS 9.3.3 and El Capitan 10.11.6 update. Users are advised to update their Apple devices to the latest patch. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than AndroidAlso Read - Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio features with Dolby Atmos coming soon to India
Earlier, Cisco researchers found out that this bug essentially affects ImageIO, a programing interface that reads and writes image data. Therefore, a hacker can send an iMessage mostly containing a .TIF file, which is a photo file, which when received can execute a code and give a hacker the power to breach into a device. There is no way a user can detect if their device has been hacked into. Also Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with Samsung
The vulnerability gives a hacker the ability to browse through a user s important credentials and data. They have access to their images and passcodes that can prove to be a massive security threat.
Tyler Bohan, a senior security researcher at Cisco Talos told Forbes that the issue is an extremely critical bug, comparable to the Android Stagefright as far as exposure goes. The receiver of an MMS cannot prevent exploitation and MMS is a store and deliver mechanism, so I can send the exploit today and you will receive it whenever your phone is online.
As mentioned earlier recent versions of iOS, OS X El Capitan, tvOS and watchOS have been affected by this issue. Fortunately Apple has patched the issue with the latest iOS 9.3.3 and El Capitan 10.11.6 update. To avoid compromise of device security, users are advised to update to the latest rolled out patch or they can simply turn off iMessage.