Apple iOS 9 Update Fixes Lock Screen Security Flaw

It seems like only yesterday that Apple released iOS 9, the latest version of its mobile device operating system. Actually, it was two weeks ago, but yesterday the company released an update that addresses a number of security flaws in iOS 9, including one that allows hackers to bypass a deviceEUs lock screen to gain access to personal information stored on the phone.

To exploit the flaw, an attacker would have to have physical access to the device, enter an incorrect PIN number several times, and then activate the Siri personal voice assistant. The hacker would then be able to access any contacts or photos stored on the device.

The vulnerability, which affects iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, and iPad 2 and later, has been addressed in the iOS 9.0.2 update, available for download now. Apple also released fixes for problems with iCloud backups, iMessage activation issues, and a problem with cellular data settings.

OS X Gets Some Much-Needed Patches

Flaws in iOS werenEUt the only ones Apple addressed this week. The company also released the latest version of its laptop and desktop operating system, OS X El Capitan 10.11. Among the many new features included in El Capitan are a number of patches for security vulnerabilities that had been present in previous versions.

The list of security flaws fixed in the latest version of OS X is, well, huge and includes fixes for a number of potentially serious vulnerabilities, according to AppleEUs security support page. The updated version is available for download now and users are encouraged to upgrade as soon as possible to protect their machines.

For example, multiple flaws exist in PHP versions prior to 5.5.27 that would allow an attacker to remotely execute code on a target machine. El Capitan comes with an...

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