This comes as a strong warning to all Apple device users to update your devices so to avoid being hacked. Therefore, Apple has instantly released a software update toÂ iOSÂ andÂ macOSÂ that you should download right away.
The security update patches a dangerous vulnerability in WiFi chips that allows hackers to â€œexecute arbitrary codeâ€� â€” industry-speak for taking over your device. ThroughÂ the WiFi chip, a hacker may be able to assume control of your device’s processor, the central computer that runs everything else.
To take advantage of the flaw, known as Broadpwn, all an attacker has to do is get within range of your WiFi device, according toÂ Nitay Artenstein, theÂ security researcher at Exodus Intelligence who discovered the problem and reported it. The flaw affects millions of Apple and Android devices; Google’s Android team released a patch for that platformÂ earlier this month.
Artenstein will be presentingÂ the details of his findingsÂ at the Black Hat security conference next week.
To update your iOS software, head to Settings > General > Software Update. You’ll see either a message informing you that your software is up to date, or a prompt to download iOS 10.3.3. If you’re on a Mac, open the App Store and click on the Updates tab.