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iOS 7.1.1 lands on iPhones and iPads with SSL bug fixes, Touch ID improvements

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Wed Apr 23 2014, 10:59

Apple iPhone 5S cameraSOFTWARE COBBLER Apple has released iOS 7.1.1 to iPhone and iPad users, an update that delivers fixes for serious SSL flaws and improvements to the Touch ID sensor, which we review in the video below.

iOS 7.1.1 is available to download now users should install it promptly, with the update patching a serious vulnerability in SSL. The bug, also found on OS X, could allow an attacker to intercept data on SSL connections, which Apple has described as a "triple handshake attack".

Apple said on its website, "In a 'triple handshake' attack, it was possible for an attacker to establish two connections which had the same encryption keys and handshake, insert the attacker's data in one connection, and renegotiate so that the connections may be forwarded to each other.

"To prevent attacks based on this scenario, Secure Transport was changed so that, by default, a renegotiation must present the same server certificate as was presented in the original connection."

That's not all iOS 7.1.1 has to offer. The update also brings with it improvements in support for the Touch ID sensor found on the iPhone 5S, with Apple promising that the fingerprint scanner will now offer more accurate readings than before.

Apple's onscreen keyboard has also been given a tweak, with iOS 7.1.1 fixing an issue that saw keys become unresponsive, and an issue affecting Bluetooth keyboards is also included in the update.

If you're not prompted to download the update by Apple, go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. You'll need to be hooked up to a secure WiFi connection to download the update, and your iDevice will need more than 50 percent battery life in tact.

Apple is expected to unveil the next major iteration of its iOS mobile operating system, iOS 8, at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June. µ 


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