It’s been just one week since Apple released iOS 10.3 that brings many new features. Now, Apple has rolled out another update – iOS 10.3.1.
Let’s find out why this update was released so quickly.
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Apple Closes CVE-2017-6975 Vulnerability
iOS 10.3.1 fixes a fatal security loophole. This bug allows a hacker to execute on the Wi-Fi chip using stack buffer overflow technique. However, the attacker must be within range to be able to execute malicious code on your device.
The CVE-2017-6975 security vulnerability was discovered by Gal Beniamini of Google’s Project Zero. The bug has been there from iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPod touch 6 and can also be present in older iOS firmware.
Even though this looks like a small problem at the very outset, it does have serious implications.
What about Older Firmware?
Since it has been fixed in this update, this vulnerability is still present on older iOS 10 firmware. This means if you have a jailbroken device, this bug hasn’t been patched.
With Luca out of the picture, it’s unlikely we will get an update to close this vulnerability. Hopefully, other developers should release a fix for this soon.
iOS 10.3.1 (Build 14E304) update can be downloaded via OTA. It’s a small update and is approximately 30 MB in size. The size may very depending on your device.
This update can also be downloaded via OTA on iPhone 5 and 5c.