Apple has acknowledged that there is a big security flaw in its iOS operating system for mobile devices. Most of the users did not have any idea about the gravity of this security flaw. Some security experts are of the opinion that the flaw is even more dangerous for the Mac computers users than in the case of mobile users.
Basically the vulnerability is in the Secure Socket Layer implementation which can allow hackers to intercept information while it is in transit between two devices, whereas due to SSL it is assumed to be encrypted. 24/7 Wall Street explains the security flaw in these words:
Let’s say the attacker had access to the same network over an unsecured WiFi connection in a coffee shop or restaurant. He could impersonate a protected site such as Facebook or Gmail and alter any data passed between the iPhone and the site.
Matthew Green, a professor of cartography at Johns Hopkins University told Reuters: ”It’s as bad as you could imagine, that’s all I can say.”
The discovery of this flaw is seriously embarrassing because SSL has been here for more than a decade and it is almost a common standard security being followed. There are certain people accusing that it was the same flaw that allowed NSA to access iOS devices. Apple has denied the accuracy of this charge.