A prominent security expert has warned that the recently discovered bug in Apple’s iOS mobile operating system, which was patched by the company on Monday, poses far more serious security threat than initially anticipated.
The bug can be exploited by any attackers to gain unauthorised access to an iOS device’s data stream, and that too by using just a freely available tool.
Chester Wisniewski, a senior security advisor at Sophos Canada, and the person behind this shocking revelation, therefore urged all iOS users to install the updates issued by Apple on Monday, as soon as possible.
"It is clearly critical that all users update as soon as possible, unless they only use their device for telephone calls," Wisniewski wrote in a blog post.
Wisniewski mentioned that the updates are really critical for iOS users who use their phone to access services such as online banking or PayPal, or even for those who frequently using public and unsecured Wi-Fi connections.
"Oddly the flaw in iOS was a widespread flaw in WebKit and Microsoft's CryptoAPI nine years ago... This allows anyone who can capture traffic from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with man-in-the-middle techniques to intercept and read any and all encrypted SSL traffic silently and without notification to the user." he added.