Apple iOS 9 Adoption Tops 50 Percent

21 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

AirDrop bug compromises Apple Inc’s iOS and OS X: Security news IT leaders need to know.

Less than a week after Apple released iOS 9, the company announced the software has hit 50 percent adoption, meaning more than half of existing iOS devices have installed iOS 9.Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 9, has been downloaded at a faster rate than any other previous Apple OS, according to a company statement. This comes after an estimated 12 percent adoption rate in the first 24 hours after the software was launched, and means that iOS 9 now has the fastest adoption rate in Apple history.

Here’s a look at security news IT leaders need to know: Users of TSA-approved luggage locks, for which the agency holds master keys, should be aware that those keys have been reproduced by unauthorized users with 3D printers after an original set was photographed and the picture printed in the Washington Post. The device will be going on sale in the United States, as well as Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and the U.K.

Apple is cleaning up its app store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad apps after hackers infected one of its authoring tools, Xcode, with malware known as XcodeGhost that then was embedded in the apps developers created. While Apple hasn’t announced any preorder statistics yet, the company told CNBC last week that they “are on pace to beat last year’s 10 million unit first-weekend record when the new iPhones go on sale Sept. 25.” MacRumors said early analysis had shown that users had installed both operating systems at roughly the same pace, and it remains to be seen if any technical glitches could slow down the downloading of iOS 9, as was the case with the previous OS. The infected software was made available on a server in China, which some developers may have used because its downloads were faster than those from Apple’s U.S. servers. The fracturing of many mobile phones running different variations of the Android OS means upgrading new versions take much longer on Google’s platform.

The early 12% adoption rate for iOS 9 among Apple users in 24 hours, for example, took Android’s last operating system, Lollipop, 5 months to achieve. Another method of using the Android lock screen to attack users has emerged that requires a factory reset, with associated loss of data, to remediate. Security firm ESET, which discovered the vulnerability, said that once the malware — known as Lockerpin — is activated, it’s delivered as a bogus Android update. It then displays an ominous-looking warning that claims to be from U.S. law enforcement that demands a US$500 “penalty” for viewing and harbouring pornography on the device.

A bug in an Apple library that allows attackers to overwrite files on Apple devices has been exploited over AirDrop, the feature in OS X and iOS that enables users to send files directly to other devices, even if the recipient declines to accept the file, according to ThreatPost. WordPress strongly recommends that users upgrade to version 4.3.1 immediately to remedy two cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and a potential privilege escalation flaw in previous versions.

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