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What is ‘Broadpwn’ and Why You Need to Upgrade to iOS 10.3.3 ASAP

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Broadpwn patched with iOS 10.3.3

Almost everyday we hear a number of new bugs and exploits proliferating within the mobile and other electronic devices. Some of these exploits may be harmless in nature but there are some who can wreak havoc to a device. One exploit in particular is the ‘Broadpwn’ that is present on most iOS devices.

What is Broadpwn?

Broadpwn is a newly discovered vulnerability that centers on wireless modules produces by Broadcom. As you may very well know by now, Apple uses Broadcom Wi-Fi chips on most of its products including the iPhone and the Mac. The new exploit was discovered late last month by security researcher Nitay Artenstein.

How does Broadpwn affect an iOS device?

According to Artenstein, the new bug is quite serious. In fact, the severity of the issue forced Google to release a patch a few weeks after the discovery. And to make matters worse, all of the iOS devices that use the Broadcom wireless modules are affected by the bug.

Broadpwn patched with iOS 10.3.3

Broadcom wireless module (via appleinsider.com)

What Broadpwn does to a system is allow an attacker to have complete control even without the owner knowing it. The bug can be used to execute codes even without the expressed permission from a user. Once the malicious codes have been executed, the attacker will have complete control on the target device.

On a more serious note, if the target gets in range of the attacker’s Wi-Fi signal, the device can be infected right away. The exploit acts so swiftly that there is not even a need to connect to the attackers wireless signal.

How do you protect yourself?

So far, there are no known records of the exploit being used in the wild. Nevertheless, it is quite important that users update their firmware to the latest version in order to prevent an attack. The good news is, the latest iOS firmware, iOS 10.3.3 provides the needed protection from the exploit.

iOS 10.3.3 not only fixes the Broadpwn exploit, it also includes updates to other iOS apps like Safari, Contact, and Messages. For more tech updates, be sure to check us out at The Bitbag.

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