Apple Releases iOS 8

Friday, September 19, 2014 @ 03:09 PM gHale

Apple released iOS 8, the eighth major release of the mobile operating system and it comes with fixes for more than 50 security vulnerabilities.

With more people in the manufacturing automation industry relying on Apple smartphones, it is imperative they review the new operating system.

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iOS 8 contains security fixes for 802.1X, accounts, accessibility, the address book, app installation, assets, Bluetooth, the Core Graphics framework, data detectors, the lock screen, iMessage, IOAcceleratorFamily, IOHIDFamily, IOKit, the kernel, mail, profiles, Safari, Webkit, WiFi and other features.

The vulnerabilities could end up exploited for arbitrary code execution, denial-of-service (DoS), data theft, privilege escalation, and other types of attacks. Most of the flaws ended up revealed this year, but some were older than that.

In a note at the bottom of its security advisory for iOS 8, Apple revealed it has made some changes to diagnostic capabilities. A closer look shows the update actually addresses security concerns.

Those issues found several undocumented forensics services running on iOS devices could end up leveraged as attack points and surveillance mechanisms; in other words a backdoor.

“We have designed iOS so that its diagnostics functions do not compromise user privacy and security, but still provides needed information to enterprise IT departments, developers and Apple for troubleshooting technical issues,” Apple said at the time. “A user must have unlocked their device and agreed to trust another computer before that computer is able to access the limited diagnostics data. The user must agree to share this information, and data is never transferred without their consent.”

With the release of iOS 8, the company made some further security improvements to these services. However, it hasn’t provided any details on the fixes.

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