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Security Risk: Upgrade to iOS 10.3.3

Published July 27, 2017

by Benjamin Blanchet

A harmful exploit discovered in iOS devices could make your iPhone or iPad prone to local attacks. Download and install the latest iOS update, version 10.3.3, to stay safe.

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Benjamin Blanchet (UB student, Class of 2018) is an English major with an interest in journalism. After graduating from UB, he hopes to attend grad school and pursue a career writing about music and the arts. An Albany, NY native, Benjamin enjoys biking and reading in his spare time.

The update is available for the following devices, according to Apple.

  • iPhone 5 and later
  • iPad 4th Generation and later
  • iPod touch 6th Generation

To upgrade, tap your ‘Settings’ app and navigate to ‘General.’ Tap ‘Software Update’ to begin installing the latest iOS update.

 

Understanding the Vulnerability

The exploit takes advantage of three different models of Broadcom Wi-Fi chips embedded in iPhones, iPads and iPods. Nearby attackers utilizing the exploit—especially in populated areas like cities and office buildings—are able to access your device, and take complete control of it.