Bugs, bugs, bugs! The new iOS update squashes a really scary one called “Broadpwn”. Here’s what you should know.
There exists a vulnerability in the Wifi chip of most Android and iOS devices, whereby this glitch could let a hacker take over your phone entirely (without you doing anything!). Just as long you have got Wifi turned on and are within range, you could be a target of the Broadpwn bug.
“An attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip,” Apple wrote on its blog.
All it needs is for your device’s Wifi to be on for an attacker to remotely take over your device as it searches for Wifi and assume control of your whole phone (even if it had a passcode).
While many Androids are also vulnerable, Google put out a patch for this same issue earlier this month in its July Android update.
Among the devices vulnerable to Broadpwn include:
Nitay Artenstein, the security researcher who first exposed the flaw, is scheduled to do a talk on the vulnerability at Black Hat conference on 27th July. In the meantime, be sure to install iOS 10.3.3 to squash the Broadpwn bug.