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Apple distributes iOS 6.0.1 with special update tool, fixing Passbook access issues

iOS 6.0.1 was released recently, fixing a slew of issues in the mobile operating system, here’s the overview:

  • Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air
  • Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard
  • Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off
  • Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod Touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks
  • Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances
  • Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match
  • Fixes a Passcode Lock bug that sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen
  • Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings

This update is highly recommended, especially because the Passbook issue being fixed. It also includes an update tool, which automatically prepares the iPhone/tablet OS for future updates.

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Apple releases major update to iTunes with version 10.7

160 vulnerabilities are being fixed with a new release from Apple for iTunes 10.

The newest version number is 10.7. Update now!

Most of the fixes rolled out are involved with WebKit. WebKit is a layout engine from Apple, which allows webpages to be rendered in a browser. Therefore, the main problems faced in iTunes 10 are with the Store site. WebKit is also used in Safari browser by Apple and Chrome browser by Google. Google apparently helped get the fixes for Apple’s iTunes program.

Many of the vulnerabilities in WebKit are from bug reports in 2011. Just now fixing these flaws shows how low this is on the priority list with the Apple development team concerning iTunes. These same vulnerabilities were apparently fixed long ago in Safari and Chrome. So, what’s the excuse?

Users can get the security fixes by updating iTunes directly in the application.

Apple’s statement on the security update page:

Available for: Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit. These issues are addressed through improved memory handling.

 

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AntiSec theft of FBI data a lie

The Anonymous group AntiSec has claimed to have mined around 12 million Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) from a FBI laptop, after the hack was claimed to have been part of a Java vulnerability. News has been booming with Java vulnerabilities lately, so this is a very believable story. AntiSec published their list to prove the group had the data. The data is used as identifiers for iPhone and iPad devices.

AntiSec’s reason stated includes that it wanted to expose the FBI’s tracking of Apple device users.

However, the FBI has came back with a press release statement:

The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed. At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.

That was published on the FBI site.

Therefore, all this was just a tactic to draw attention to themselves.

 

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