Apple to make changes to VPN behavior in iOS 6.1 as result of VirnetX judgement

“Apple announced this week that it would be changing the behavior of VPN ON Demand for iOS devices using iOS 6.1 and later. Those devices with VPN On Demand configured to ‘Always’ will instead behave as if they were configured for ‘Establish if needed.’ VPN On Demand connections will only be established if a device cannot resolve the DNS name of a host,” Kevin Bostic reports for AppleInsider. “Apple will push out the update that will bring the change later in April.”

“The change to VPN handling stems from a $368 million judgment against Apple, wherein a federal jury in Texas found that the iPhone maker had violated the patents of VirnetX,” Bostic reports. “VirnetX holds U.S. Patent No. 8,05,181 for a ‘Method for Establishing Secure Communication Link Between Computers of Virtual Private Network.'”

Bostic reports, “The offending software is Apple’s FaceTime, which is featured on millions of iPads, iPhones, and iPods, as well as many recent Mac computers.”

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