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tvOS 11.1 Patches KRACK in Apple TV

Apple has released tvOS 11.1 for the fourth-generation Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, expanding the availability of the TV app to Norway and Sweden. You can update your Apple TV by going to Settings > System > Software Updates.

tvOS 11.1 also includes five security fixes — most notably to correct the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability discussed in “Wi-Fi Security Flaw Not As Bad As It’s KRACKed Up To Be” (17 October 2017).

We haven’t heard of any issues with the tvOS 11.1 update yet, but it’s never a bad idea to wait a day or two to make sure none crop up.

 

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Dennis B. Swaney  2017-11-06 22:56
But the promised Amazon Video app is still vaporware!
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Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2017-11-07 13:22
Yeah, it's frustrating.
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What about earlier Apple TV models? Are they vulnerable?if so will they be updated vs. KRACK or remain vulnerable forever?
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Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2017-11-07 13:22
My guesses are yes and yes.
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Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2017-11-07 13:36
It's nearly impossible to know if they're vulnerable because the KRACK attacks are a family of exploits, and different operating systems have proven resistant to some of the variants but not others.

But no, Apple will never update the pre-fourth-generation Apple TVs, nor will it update tvOS before tvOS 11.
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Dennis B. Swaney  2017-11-12 22:23
Which proves that Apple really doesn't care about security for their users. Heaven forbid they might have to spend a few hundred thousand dollars!
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