Cupertino based Apple Inc. released iOS 10.3.3 on Wednesday as a security patch for all devices running iOS 10. These devices include all Apple devices featuring the A5 or A5x chip and above. Inclusive are iPhone 5 and above, iPad 2 and above, iPad Mini(1st generation) and above.This is a critical update and if your device supports this iOS version, you ought to update your device right away!
This is a critical update that includes security patch for loopholes in the devices’ WiFi chipset. Prior to this update, there existed vulnerabilities through which an attacker could take control of the device while it was set to search for WiFi networks.This exploit goes by the name Broadpwn.
The exploit has been rated a 9.8 out of 10 in terms of severity by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. The attack could triangulate your device and take over its WiFi module to crash or brick the device. The attack does not require your PIN or password to exploit the vulnerability.
Google also patched their operating system with a security patch release on July 5th. This exploits affected devices from brands like LG and Samsung. Google’s update should slowly roll out to all devices running the latest Android. Apple, however, has sent through the update over the air and all devices running iOS should get the update right away. This should be the last iteration of updates in iOS 10 before iOS 11 launches in September.
To update your device, head to Settings > General > Software Update, where you should see the Download and Install button. Make sure you have at least 50% battery at the time of installing to avoid your device from bricking. You can also connect your device to a computer and update its software through iTunes.