iOS 13 Gets Released…. And If You Upgraded You Could Get Pwned

iOS 13 was released today. And before the release I put up a post that said this:

One other thing before I go, Apple has announced that iOS 13.1 will be released two weeks from today. Early reports from beta testers say that it has additional features and significant bug fixes and stability improvements versus what is in iOS 13. Thus you may want to consider not upgrading to iOS 13 and instead wait for iOS 13.1 to hit the streets before you upgrade.

Well, it seems that iOS 13.1 will be out next Tuesday, and here’s why

A flaw in iOS 13, the new iPhone operating system Apple released Thursday, exposes contact details stored in iPhones without requiring a passcode or biometric identification. And Apple (AAPL) has known about the flaw since July, a person who reported the bug to Apple told CNN Business.

A hacker would need physical access to a target’s phone to complete the hack — but once it is in their possession they could bypass Apple’s standard security features like facial I.D. Once they have done so, they can access the phone’s address book and see information for contacts stored on the phone, as well as indications of the most recent contacts with whom the phone’s owner had been communicating.

This flaw, which is pretty bad, is on top of the fact that iOS 13 is as expected, buggy. And Apple didn’t fix this so the guy who found this went public.

#EpicFail

But the good news is that iOS 13.1 which is far more stable and doesn’t have this flaw is being released on Tuesday. But Apple should have fixed it in iOS 13 given that they had two months to do it. You have to wonder if Apple really takes software quality and security seriously because it seems that they don’t and haven’t taken it seriously for a while.

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2 Responses to “iOS 13 Gets Released…. And If You Upgraded You Could Get Pwned”

  1. […] I’ll get to the point. iOS 13 which was released yesterday is a hot mess. While it is typical for new software releases to have issues, the scale and breadth of issues found in iOS 13 is above and beyond anything that iOS users are used to. And then there’s that security issue that Apple never bothered to fix in iOS 13 despite knowin…. […]

  2. […] night I wrote that Apple had released iOS 13 despite the fact that a security flaw was present and unpatched that allowed someone with physical a…. What’s worse was that this was reported in July but Apple didn’t bother fixing it in […]

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