Apple iOS Users Warned: Update iOS Devices To Get Latest Patch

By Benjie Batanes , Jul 23, 2016 06:16 AM EDT

Apple is urging all iOS device owners to update as soon as possible. The update includes a patch that will prevent hackers from gaining access to their operating system.

Once inside the system, the hackers could get the user's details including password. The updates also include the operating system for various Apple laptops, smart watch and television, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The security breech was discovered by Cisco Systems by designing a specific malware for vulnerability. The malware successfully penetrated Apple's operating system through emails, browser and messaging service. It was not detected because it was made to appear as an image.

Cisco representative Tyler Bohan said that Apple devices without the security patch will be vulnerable to malwares pretending to be TIFF or BMP pictures. Bohan said that such tactic is worrisome since Apple users routinely send pictures.

Most users are not aware that pictures can become a vehicle for malware. Most if not all of Apple's operating system share the security hole. The malware could take advantage of Apple's "API, Image I/O and Scene Kit", according to PC Magazine.

The Apple vulnerability share the same similarities with an Android malware, called Stagefright. Fortunately, a patch has been developed to plug the security leak.

Owners of iPhones and iPads should upgrade to the latest iOS 9.3.3 version. However, the update is only applicable to the iPhone4 and up. iPad 1 models are too old for this patch. iPod Touch owners whose units belong to the fifth and sixth generation are eligible for the security update.

Mac desktop and laptop owners should update their OS X to the El Capitan 10.11.6 as soon as possible. Apple Watch owners must see to it that their smartwatch is running under the 2.2.2 version. Apple TV owners have to update to tvOS 9.2.2 to plug the vulnerability.

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