iOS 10.1 fixes issue that lets Apple iPhones get hacked by just receiving a picture - Mac / Apple TV also affected

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Found 25th Oct 2016
If you haven't updated already, it's probably best you do it ASAP!

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Apple has advised that “viewing a maliciously crafted JPEG file may lead to arbitrary code execution”. That means that hackers could simply design an image file to break into the phone, send it to their victim, and get control of their phone if the apparently innocent picture was opened.

The file doesn’t have to be downloaded or installed to work, but rather just get opened. That means that it could hit people from anywhere on the web, or just while receiving a message from someone who appears to be a friend.

Apple says that any iPhone 5 or later, a fourth generation iPad or later and 6th generation or later iPod Touches can be hit by the bug. The company hasn’t said which iOS versions were impacted so it is safest to assume that any up until the new update could be vulnerable.

The company also hasn’t said how the bug would work in practice. That measure helps keep the hack more private – but, given that hackers will likely work it out soon, it also means that it’s harder to stay safe from it without downloading the update.

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I wonder if it's the same problem for Macs? I noticed a system update this morning.

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I wonder if it's the same problem for Macs? I noticed a system update … I wonder if it's the same problem for Macs? I noticed a system update this morning.



Further reading would suggest Macs / Apple TV may be affected also. Thanks, I will update title

Prob a bit of scare mongering to get everyone to update especially Macs up to Sierra. I have a load of software needed for work that isn't compatible either Sierra so it can wait lol.

Looks like this was a previous issue which has re appeared.

thehackernews.com/201…m=1

Would be helpful to know whether this only affects ios10
Edited by: "mac5229james" 25th Oct 2016

I'm on ios7 not going to update unless they says the bug affects ios7 as well

Also enables portrait mode on the 7+

Probably a Samsung conspiracy to try and diverge the flak. :tinfoilhat:

Once you upgraded iOS then you iPAD slows down and then you have to buy a new one. I am stopping at iOS 9, it is already slowing down the hardware too much.

probably scaremongering due to the fact they have found a vulnerability of the operating system that makes it easy to jailbreak.

My Apple account was hacked on Friday night! Got 2 emails from Apple to advise that my login details were used to access 2 devices (neither were mine). Within 5 minutes I had no less than 40 text messages, all in Chinese writing!!! Supposedly these were all related to failed iTunes purchases!
I'm all up to date with the software, maybe I just wasn't quick enough doing one of the updates?
From now on I will definitely be running updates as soon as possible. oO

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shootomanUK

probably scaremongering due to the fact they have found a vulnerability … probably scaremongering due to the fact they have found a vulnerability of the operating system that makes it easy to jailbreak.


Exactly. It's a classic tactic of companies to get their customers to upgrade because, god forbid, they would be able to get more usability out of their device.

So does this mean your safe if you download iOS 10.1 or not !!!! Confused .com

StaceyM17527

My Apple account was hacked on Friday night! Got 2 emails from Apple to … My Apple account was hacked on Friday night! Got 2 emails from Apple to advise that my login details were used to access 2 devices (neither were mine). Within 5 minutes I had no less than 40 text messages, all in Chinese writing!!! Supposedly these were all related to failed iTunes purchases!I'm all up to date with the software, maybe I just wasn't quick enough doing one of the updates?From now on I will definitely be running updates as soon as possible. oO


My brother in law had exactly the same thing happen to him last sunday. Apple didnt really seem to have a clue how to stop it
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