Security experts are urging anyone with an Apple device to update to the most recent operating system. A patch released last week fixes an exploit that could allow hackers to steal personal information.
The hack involves infected TIFF files, which are a commonly used image format. Opening a corrupted file over iMessage or email on an iPhone, iPad, or other Apple device would give access to all stored information (including passwords). The hack does not come from specifically downloading any malware, because iPhones automatically render images that come over a browser or via a message. So far, there are no reported instances of the hack that Talos, Cisco Systems’ security team, identified.
A similar privacy breach was possible on Android devices last year, but has since been patched as well.
Any operating systems earlier than iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6, tvOS 9.2.2, and watchOS 2.2.2 could be vulnerable to an attack. Devices should prompt users to update in the settings or application store of the device, just like any other update. For further instructions on how to update your Apple device, you can visit the Apple support page.
Read more here: “Be Safe: Update Your iPhone, iPad and Other Apple Devices Now” (Nathan Olivarez-Giles,WSJ)