Apple has released an update for its iOS software for iPad and iPhone devices, which includes improvements to its Touch ID fingerprint scanner and keyboard input, as well as several security updates.
The 7.1.1 update is only 18.8MB in size and Apple states in the text accompanying the update that it contains “improvements, bug fixes and security updates.”
The most noteworthy fixes are for Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner (video demo below), to improve its recognition capabilities – which will only affect iPhone 5S devices – as well as a bug fix for keyboard responsiveness.
The security page for the fixes explains that one update covers SSL-based communications, as there was a risk that an attacker could capture data when interacting with devices through this system.
“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,” the advisory reads.
“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.”
While this does not relate directly to the Heartbleed flaw that was uncovered two weeks ago, it underlines the growing awareness among firms that the technology is perhaps not as secure as they first thought.
The update comes around a month after the major iOS 7.1 update in March, which included fixes and improvements for Siri and FaceTime. The iOS 7 platform has had its issues since launching but has now been downloaded to 87 percent of iOS devices since launching in September 2013.
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