Apple Rolls Out iOS 6.1.6 with SSL Security Fix for iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4G [Download Links]

Apple has rolled out a critical SSL security bug-fix for iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4G, following its iOS 7.0.6 release for newer iOS devices.

As iPhone Hacks reports, the Apple support changelog for iOS 6.1.6 suggests that the update brings a fix for SSL connection verification bug, similar to iOS 7.0.6 bug-fix update.

Check out the release notes (below) for the new security bug-fix ported into this update:

Data Security

Available for: iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (4th generation)

Impact: An attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS

Description: Secure Transport failed to validate the authenticity of the connection. This issue was addressed by restoring missing validation steps.

The iOS 6.1.6 update is now available for download via Over-The-Air (OTA) update as well as manually via Settings > General > Software Update.

Though jailbreakers were earlier warned to hold back the iOS 6.1.6 update, the latest tweet from Winocm confirms that it is safe to install this update, as it lacks any critical bug-fixes that could patch up existing jailbreak exploits.

Here is what Winocm said while confirming that the new bug-fix update does not patch existing exploits used in p0sixpwn jailbreak:

Apple Rolls Out iOS 6.1.6 with SSL Security Fix for iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4G [Download Links]

"Actually, correction, 6.1.6 doesn't fix any bugs as far as I know, so, go ahead and update."

Interested users can go ahead and install the new iOS 6.1.6 bug-fix update from the direct links below:

Those who have failed installing the new update via OTA or software update can try installing the same manually via iTunes, using our step-by-step guide given below:

How to Install iOS 6.1.6 Update on iPhone3GS and iPod Touch 4G Manually (Using Firmware File) via iTunes

  • Download the correct iOS firmware file for your device from the links provided above.
  • Connect your iOS device to computer via USB cable. Wait until iTunes launches and detects the device on computer.
  • Tap the device button to the left of iTunes Store button at the top right corner in iTunes.
  • Press and hold the option key (Mac) or Shift key (windows) and then click "Check for Update" button in Summary pane. Navigate to the .ipsw file you downloaded earlier and choose it.
  • Wait until the update has finished installing, before disconnecting the device from computer.
  • Restore your important data (if any) from previous backup and sync it with iTunes.