Apple says it already fixed KRACK Wi-Fi hack on iOS and macOS

Apple says it already fixed KRACK Wi-Fi hack on iOS and macOS


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Apple customers using the latest iOS and macOS software can rest a little bit easier about KRACK Wi-Fi attacks.

The internet is losing its mind today in light of news that a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability was recently discovered. But Apple says it already created a fix for most of its platforms.

Researchers discovered a flaw in the WPA2 protocol that exposed information like passwords and credit card details. Tech companies were given an advanced warning about the flaw in July before information was made public. It appears that Apple hit the ground running on creating a fix.

KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability patched in Apple betas

According to a report from AppleInsider citing anonymous sources at Apple, the patch to remove the hardware vulnerability was added to previous beta versions of iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS.

However, the site’s source noted that fixes for AirPort, Time Machine, AirPort Extreme Base Station and the AirPort Express have not been made available yet.

Not coming out with a patch for its routers may not be a huge issue for Apple. In order to work, the KRACK Wi-Fi hack needs to take advantage of a vulnerable router and client device. If your iPhone, iPad or Mac is already patched, it doesn’t matter if your AirPort router is vulnerable.

Security researchers who discovered the hack recommend updating all your devices to the latest firmware ASAP.


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