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Apple Security Updates Needed NOW!

Apple has some serious updates. So much so that you should install the update now! This is for Apple iOS 16 compatible devices, iPhone 8 and newer (as below).

The table below shows the recent updates and how they apply.

Here is a link to the release notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT213407#1612.

Apple’s iOS 16.3.1 security page discloses that the update contains just two security patches – but very serious ones.

Apple security updates

Name and information link Available for Release date
macOS Big Sur 11.7.4
This update has no published CVE entries.
macOS Big Sur 15 Feb 2023
Safari 16.3 macOS Big Sur and macOS Monterey 13 Feb 2023
iOS 16.3.1 and iPadOS 16.3.1 iPhone 8 and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 5th generation and later 13 Feb 2023
macOS 13.2.1 macOS Ventura 13 Feb 2023
tvOS 16.3.2 (details available soon) Apple TV 4K (all models) and Apple TV HD 13 Feb 2023
watchOS 9.3.1 (details available soon) Apple Watch Series 4 and later 13 Feb 2023

For a good report, read this: Apple iOS 16.3.1 Release: Should You Upgrade? (forbes.com)

LastPass – this should be the Last Pass for LastPass?

If you are using LastPass – STOP – move to another password manager ASAP.

In late December, LastPass CEO Karim Toubba acknowledged that a security incident the company first disclosed in August had ultimately paved the way for an unauthorized party to steal customer account information and vault data. (link to CNET article)

I started Tweeting about this in March 2017 – almost six years ago. And again, later that day (The Register). If you use LastPass, it is time for you to do something now.

Personally, I use other tools – you can ask me about them!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Microsoft Teams Flaw allows hackers…

Recently (2022/09/16), security researchers discovered a flaw within Microsoft Teams that allows hackers to extract an account authentication token extremely easily.

While the style of attack isn’t unique, hackers are known for using this kind of technique to bypass multifactor authentication, masquerade as legitimate users, and steal information from organizations.

Even with how easy this attack is, Microsoft said this “does not meet our bar for immediate servicing as it requires an attacker to first gain access to a target network.”

There are some measures we’ve put in place to help mitigate hackers leveraging this kind of attack, including monitoring what is accessing these tokens and ensuring our security tools are configured to prevent malicious access to the tokens.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

LastPass – Is This The Last Pass for LastPass

It may not be a secret… but was I have been largely ambivalent to LastPass. Although, some years ago, I Tweeted several times about security issues. There have been numerous issues since then (see below). The thing is that, as I sometimes say, “you don’t know what you don’t know”.

  • It may be that LastPass is more diligent and open with the issues they have had,
  • LastPass has more issues than competitors,
  • Other companies don’t tell us about the issues they have seen.

You pick. Will you give them a pass, or start to look elsewhere.

(Parenthetically [are you supposed to say that or just use parenthesis], this very issue is one of the reasons why Open Source can be so attractive… it gets continually “vetted” by the community.)

See Notice of Recent Security Incident – The LastPass Blog

To All LastPass Customers,

I want to inform you of a development that we feel is important for us to share with our LastPass business and consumer community.

Two weeks ago, we detected some unusual activity within portions of the LastPass development environment. After initiating an immediate investigation, we have seen no evidence that this incident involved any access to customer data or encrypted password vaults.

We have determined that an unauthorized party gained access to portions of the LastPass development environment through a single compromised developer account and took portions of source code and some proprietary LastPass technical information. Our products and services are operating normally.

In response to the incident, we have deployed containment and mitigation measures, and engaged a leading cybersecurity and forensics firm. While our investigation is ongoing, we have achieved a state of containment, implemented additional enhanced security measures, and see no further evidence of unauthorized activity.

Based on what we have learned and implemented, we are evaluating further mitigation techniques to strengthen our environment. We have included a brief FAQ below of what we anticipate will be the most pressing initial questions and concerns from you. We will continue to update you with the transparency you deserve.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and support.

Karim Toubba
CEO LastPass


Urgent Apple Updates

Apple has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in MacOS, iOS and iPhone. These updates address vulnerabilities attackers could exploit to take control of affected systems.

Stop what you are doing and update as soon as possible. See Apple security updates for more info.