Apple has started rolling out a new iOS update. The iOS 12.4.1 update fixes the vulnerability that Apple left unpatched in its previous iOS 12.4 update. The bug permitted the hacker to implement code on any of its devices like the iPhone or the iPad that left it vulnerable to hacking risks.
The iOS 12.4.1 update has been brought for the Apple’s various devices starting from iPhone 5s and above, iPad Air and later versions as well as the iPod Touch 6th generation. The company is soon bringing the iOS 13 sometime in September so this may be the last iOS 12 update.
The premium smartphone company accidentally left many of its up to date devices susceptible to hacking risk by releasing the earlier iOS 12.4 update that has fixes over the last update. Apple’s security advisory says “a malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with system privileges”.
Apple devices never allow any unsupported apps on its iOS platform. On its devices, like the iPhone and iPad, have system privileges or root privileges that allow the user to run apps or code while interacting directly with the basic code of the iOS operating system. This is known as Jailbreaking that allows people to run unsupported apps making its devices insecure that also leads to data privacy and data security risks. It also increases the risk of malware, spyware and data violation. As a result, many of the iPhone users also tweeted that they were doing well running the “jailbreak”, which the company is against.
Using malware or spyware loaded app on the Jailbroken iPhone may result in allowing the attackers the access to apps, the right to use/see your messages, contacts, files stored in the phone, allowing it to track your location, keylogging as well as even snoop in on your calls.
If you have not updated your phones or other devices you can download and install the iOS 12.4.1 update by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
Recently Apple head of security Ivan Krstic at the Black Hat Security conference announced that Apple is offering a $1 million reward that is approximately Rs 7.05 crore to cybersecurity researchers to help the company in order to make its devices safer so as to protect them against hacks. This programme will include iOS, macOS along with other Apple OS’s. Apart from that, the company is also giving out customised iPhones to select researchers to detect security flaws.
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