Updates for Android and iOS Software

Check your phone for updates — Android and iOS are releasing new software to fix a key vulnerability. In order to ensure your device has the best security available, IST is recommending that all iOS and Android users upgrade their devices to the latest software versions.


What is the risk?

The vulnerability is called Broadpwn, which could potentially allow hackers to take over your device.


What do I need to do?

To circumvent this issue, update the operating system of your device to the most current version.

For Android users:

  • In your device, go to Settings and select About Phone or About Tablet
    • Look for Android Version
    • Look for Software Update to check if a newer version is available
    • Your phone will just display the version number, not the code name, e.g., “Android 6.0” instead of “Android 6.0 Marshmallow”
      • Android 7.0: Nougat
      • Android 6.0. Marshmallow
      • Android 5.0 - 5.1.1: Lollopop
      • Android 4.4 - 4.4.4: Kit Kat
      • Android 4.1 - 4.3.1: Jelly Bean
      • Android 4.0 - 4.0.4: Ice Cream Sandwich

For iOS users:

  • In your device, go to Settings and select General
    • Select About to see what version of software the device has
    • Select Software Update
      • If your device is up to date, it will display a message saying “iOS 10.3.3 Your software is up to date”
      • If your device is not up to date, it will search for the new update to download.


What is the impact?

It is best practice to have the most up-to-date versions of software, especially for security purposes. Software updates ensure the latest protection and patches against security threats.


Who can I contact?

If you have questions or need assistance, contact IST at 780-492-9400 or ist@ualberta.ca

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Posted by Sheena Moore