Apple would already have patches for the KRACKs vulnerability, which exposes Wi-Fi networks around the world to intrusions. According to sources consulted by Apple Insider, beta versions of macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS, all the brand’s operating systems, would already have the corrections. The solutions prevent devices running the systems from being susceptible to a security flaw in the WPA2 protocol that allows data exchange between devices to be intercepted on Wi-Fi networks.
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Updates would already be being tested on the beta versions of the brand’s operating systems – Photo: Reproduction / Filipe Garrett
Asked about the availability of these updates, Apple told TechTudo that it «is aware of the problem» and that corrections will be implemented in upcoming updates to the systems applied to its products. The iPhone maker, however, did not say when this would happen. On Android, the first patches are expected to arrive in November for Pixel line phones.
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Apple Insider has not, however, obtained information regarding the development of updates that prevent KRACKs-type attacks on networks controlled by AirPort, Apple’s router.
Corrections at the firmware level of the routers are one of the ways pointed out by specialists to eliminate the breach. Updating by lay users, however, is not the simplest.
KRACKs is an attack that intercepts the so-called «handshake», in which device and router create a cryptographic key by which your communication will be established. Provided it is correctly executed, an attack of this type can allow an attacker to reuse this key, thus being able to intercept the data sent from the device to the router at any time.