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Important Security Fix: Update to iOS 7.0.6 NOW!! Immediately!

Apple has released a small update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, versioned as iOS 7.0.6 with a build number of 11b651. The security update notably includes a fix for SSL connection verification and weighs in between 13MB and 36MB, depending on the iOS device being installed upon.

iOS 7.0.6

The initial release notes bundled with the iOS 7.0.6 update are very brief, stating simply “This security update provides a fix for SSL connection verification.” Apple elaborates a bit further on their knowledge base article, providing the following details for what the update resolves:

"Impact: An attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS

Description: Secure Transport failed to validate the authenticity of the connection. This issue was addressed by restoring missing validation steps."

It is possible some other minor bug and security fixes are included in the release, though due to the small size of the download users should not expect much.

Downloading iOS 7.0.6

The easiest way to download iOS 7.0.6 is through the Over-The-Air update mechanism, accessible through the Settings app > Software Update. Choose “Download and Install” and agree to the terms and conditions to start the update process. Despite being a minor update, it can take a while to install as the ‘verifying update’ process lingers for a while on the home screen, before rebooting to the Apple logo where the actual firmware update occurs. Users can also choose to update through iTunes.

It is always advisable to back up iOS devices before updating system software, even with small releases like this.

iOS 7.0.6 IPSW Direct Download Links

Users who prefer to use .IPSW firmware files to update devices manually can choose to download the complete update directly from Apple’s servers using the links below:

In addition to iOS 7.0.6, Apple also released iOS 6.1.6, which includes the same security fix, for iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4th generation devices that are not able to run iOS 7. The build number for iOS 6.1.6 is 10b500. An update to Apple TV, versioned as 6.0.2, is also available.

A more sizable update is expected to arrive in the coming weeks with the iOS 7.1 public release, which is currently in beta.

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