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Apple Flaw could Allow Hackers to Access Devices Via Messaging

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FILE - A 3D printed Apple logo is seen in front of a displayed cyber code in this illustration taken March 22, 2016.

FILE - A 3D printed Apple logo is seen in front of a displayed cyber code in this illustration taken March 22, 2016.

Researchers have discovered a flaw in Apple’s operating systems that could allow a hacker to gain access to your Mac or iPhone by sending an iMessage.

A researcher from Cisco Talos found the vulnerability in which a hacker could send a certain type of photo file, called a .TIF, which would give the hacker access to the device’s storage and passwords.

“This vulnerability is especially concerning as it can be triggered in any application that makes use of the Apple Image I/O API when rendering tiled TIF images, said Tyler Bohan from security firm Cisco Talos, according to The Guardian.

“Depending on the delivery method chosen by an attacker, this vulnerability is potentially exploitable through methods that do not require explicit user interaction, since many applications (ie iMessage) automatically attempt to render images when they are received in their default configurations,” he added.

The problem was reportedly found in many versions of iOS and OS X, but users who update to the latest versions of both should be able to avoid it.

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