Update to iOS 9.3.1 immediately

“Alert: If You’re Not On iOS 9.3.1 – UPDATE NOW,” Arron Hirst reports for RazorianFly. “The urgency? … a newly discovered variant of the 1970 glitch that could result in your device becoming inoperable if you happen to be running any version of iOS prior to iOS 9.3.1, and connect to a known Wi-Fi network.”

“The issue revolves around a feature that has been present in Apple’s iOS operating system for sometime – that is, the ability for either an iPhone or iPad to connect to networks that you have personally connected to before, automatically,” Hirst reports. “This is in actual fact super handy, and prevents the need to enter security information for said networks each time you which to connect to them. But it also has a up-until-now undiscovered side-effect.”

Hirst reports, “That being: If someone were to name their Wi-Fi network the same as one of those networks for which your iPhone already trusts, drastic things can occur.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Don’t put it off. Update your iOS devices now.


  1. This morning I got an e-mail seemingly for new Apple Watches and bands. It said:

    “More to choose. More to love.
    Brand-new models. New bands in a range of colors, styles, and materials. Your favorite notifications. And the motivation you need to stay active and healthy. From the way it works to the way it looks, Apple Watch is an essential part of who you are.”

    Yet I’ve sen nothing in the media or on Apple’s site about this. Was this an accidental premature e-mail send from Apple? It looks totally authentic. Or is this confusing because all they are talking about are new AW band “models”? Probably.

    1. It’s hard to get an overview of Apple’s web site, because the images are oversized in random positions, and there’s too much white space. I learned to press CMD minus a few times. I discovered that there the three kinds of Apple Watches are still there. They’ve added some very nice watchbands. So far as I can see, “model” means “combination of watch and band sold together,” which makes a lot of sense in the stockroom but not much sense to the customer.

        1. I distrust most emails these days. I’ve received so many obvious phishing and spam emails, and more than a few sophisticated ones that appear legitimate. I just visit the website directly, not from a link in an email, if I want to.

      1. My work requires me to be multi-platform. Practically anyone who develops for iOS has to also develop for Android if he wants to be relevant in the mobile space. I don’t feel I need to apologize for that.

        What’s your excuse for being arrogant, ignorant, and insulting?

  2. So let me get this straight, if someone names their Wi-Fi network the same as a profile you have on your device, you automatically connect? Even if the original one you connected to required a WEP/WPA password? Wouldn’t both the original ‘saved’ WiFi profile and new WiFi connection have to both be ‘open’?

      1. If this ‘bug’ is fixed how does it affect say Time Warner customers using the TWC hotspots? I think they are set up to have the same SSID to allow users to only have one profile and use any of their hotspots.. What keeps it relatively secure is that you have a TWC login and password associated with the connection.

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