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Apple Planning Fix for OS X SSL Bug as New Research Reveals iMessage, Other Apps Affected

Apple has confirmed that it will issue a software update "very soon" to patch the security flaw found in OS X that allows attackers to capture or modify data protected by the SSL/TLS protocols in Safari, reports Reuters. The vulnerability of OS X to the bug was detailed by security firm CrowdStrike and a Google engineer last Friday, and came right after Apple released iOS 7.0.6 to fix the SSL-related issues on iOS.

However, the security flaw, which has been termed "GoToFail" by security specialists due to the improperly used "goto" command that triggers it, may be affecting more than just Safari. Independent privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani has pointed out on his Twitter (via Forbes) that Apple's vulnerable SSL library is also used by apps including FaceTime, iMessage, Twitter, Calendar, Keynote, Mail, iBooks, Software Update, and more.

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A list of apps deemed vulnerable to the SSL bug found in OS X and iOS by security researcher Ashkan Soltani

Soltani does point out that apps such as iMessage and FaceTime have addded security measures that weaken the effects of the security flaw, but also added that the initial iCloud login used to authenticate such apps may also be compromised. The researcher states that other parts of the protocol such as the handshake between a service and a device are vulnerable to an attack as well, and will need to be secured by Apple.

Currently, users can check whether or not their computers are affected by the vulnerability by visiting gotofail.com in Safari. As users wait for a fix to the flaw, CrowdStrike recommends avoiding untrusted and unsecured WiFi networks while traveling. The site also recommends that users update to iOS 7.0.6 if they have not yet installed it on their iOS devices.

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21 weeks ago
I can imagine an NSA techie slamming his head into a wall while saying "*******! They found the loophole I inserted!"
Rating: 21 Votes
21 weeks ago

i hope this is a separate security release, and not only available in 10.9.2.


And it better come tomorrow :mad:
Rating: 12 Votes
21 weeks ago
No security.

Great work, Apple!
Rating: 12 Votes
21 weeks ago
My definition of "very soon," and Apple's definition of "very soon," are very different. :(
Rating: 11 Votes
21 weeks ago
So are Apple going to block all these vulnerable apps from running until a fix is available? Or is that kind of calling-out just reserved for Flash.
Rating: 7 Votes
21 weeks ago
i hope this is a separate security release, and not only available in 10.9.2.
Rating: 6 Votes
21 weeks ago

That wouldn't be very soon that would be just at the same time, which might not have been practical for OS X at that moment while it was more necessary for iOS given it's much wider exposure and use in more places.


Perhaps I'm different than most users of portable electronics, but my most important private/sensitive/financial data is on my portable laptop, not an iOS device. I'd much rather have my iOS device hacked into than my laptop.

I would think that most people do their taxes and financial management on a OSX machine rather than an iOS device....plus have a lot of other sensitive data on an OSX machine due to storage capacity.

But whatever. Heck of a job, Apple. Handled perfectly. Bravo! :rolleyes:
Rating: 5 Votes
21 weeks ago
I wonder if *very soon* has been worked on over the weekend?
Rating: 3 Votes
21 weeks ago
At least they're fixing it! Look on the bright side :P
Rating: 3 Votes
21 weeks ago
GoToFail.com actually exists.
Nice.
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Aside from that, why does there need to be 'new research' to confirm that other applications are affected? The bug is a part of OS X's SSL verification system, so of course it is going to affect other applications that use Apple's web services...Forbes ad revenue...
Rating: 3 Votes

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