Apple iOS Security Issue- Immediate Attention Necessary

Many clinics use iPads for the intake process, image viewing and other patient related activities.  If your practice falls into this category, please review this notice.  According to MultiState Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) an advisory was released in late May and again on June 14th for iOS users about an exploit that may have already impacted devices. To secure devices, the clinic needs to complete appropriate testing, apply the update (patch) and monitor all exe. files.  If the practice has an active HIPAA program, they would have already had in place several of the steps which are recommended by MS-ISAC. It pays to be compliant!

According to MS-ISAC, “Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Apple iOS that could allow for arbitrary code execution…..could result in arbitrary code execution within the context of the application, an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged-on user, or the bypassing of security restrictions. Depending on the permission associated with the application running the exploit, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data.

Recommendations provided by MS-ISAC:

  • Apply appropriate patches provided by Apple to vulnerable systems immediately after appropriate testing.
  • Run all software as a nonprivileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to download, accept or execute files from untrusted and unknown sources.
  • Remind users not to visit untrusted websites or follow links provided by untrusted or unknown sources.
  • Evaluate read, write, and execute permissions on all newly installed software.
  • Apply the Principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services.

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