Apple releases iOS 5.1.1; addresses three Safari vulnerabilities

Apple releases iOS 5.1.1; addresses three Safari vulnerabilities

Summary: In addition convenience fixes, iOS 5.1.1 patches three critical vulnerabilities in Safari that can spoof the address in the location bar, execute arbitrary code and XSS attacks.


Apple releases iOS 5.1.1 - Jason O'Grady

Apple today released iOS 5.1.1 (build 9B206, 54.4 MB) for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. According to the release notes iOS 5.1.1 addresses the following:

  • Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
  • Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
  • Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
  • Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
  • Fixes an issue where ‘Unable to purchase’ alert could be displayed after successful purchase

Perhaps more importantly, iOS 5.1.1 also contains a number of security fixes according to Apple knowledgebase article HT5278, including Safari vulnerabilities that allow maliciously crafted websites to be able to spoof the address in the location bar, execute cross-site scripting attacks and cause unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.

The update is being pushed out to devices Over-The-Air (OTA), but iOS 5.1 users can also download it immediately by touching Settings > General > Software Update. You can also install iOS 5.1.1 by plugging your device into iTunes and clicking on Update.

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Topics: Mobile OS, Apple, Hardware, iPad, Mobility

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  • Tutorial Beware Jailbreakers.
    Now here is an exclusive video demonstration for the update. This is just a small version of iOs 5. Many upgrades are yet to come befor ios 6 is launched.
    As you can see from the release notes above, the 54.4 MB update includes: improved reliability for the HDR option when accessing the camera app from the lock screen and a number of other fixes for bugs affecting AirPlay video playback; the ability to switch between 2G and 3G networks on third-gen iPad; and, an "Unable to purchase" alert.
    And a lot about ios 6 is being launched in near future is here.