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Security experts warn about vulnerability of Apple devices

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDevelopers of eScan anti-virus software warn – a new form of vulnerability of Apple OS has been discovered recently. This vulnerability is similar to ‘Stagefright’ exploit found in Android OS last year.

Stagefright was recognized as one of the biggest security risks of Android OS in 2015. This error, found in Mediaserver, made it possible for the user to infect his computer with a virus simply by opening e-mail, browsing the Internet or receiving a media file with MMS.

As noted by eScan security experts, a similar error now puts at risk iPhone, iPad, iMac and MacBook users. One week ago, Apple released updates for OS X and iOS to plug the uncovered security holes. Five of the uncovered security holes have a mechanism similar to that of ‘Stagefright’.

Similar to Android’s vulnerability, hackers use the mechanism used by Apple devices to process image files to create thumbnails. The hole in security can be used by malicious image files, including .bmp and .tiff formats to remotely infect devices.

«This vulnerability basically means hackers can send a malicious .tiff file to a user’s e-mail address or in the form of MMS. Directing users to a website containing such a file works too. The device becomes infected when it tries to display the thumbnail,» – explains eScan anti-virus software distributor Baltimax regional manager Sergei Romanovskis.

Apple users are urged to update their devices’ OS to the latest versions – iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2, watchOS 2.2.2 and El Capitan v10.11.6.

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