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Apple Delivers AirPort Base Station Heartbleed Fix

23 April 2014 1,637 views No Comment

If you have an 802.11ac AirPort Extreme or Airport Time Capsule base station, then you might need to get Apple's freshly minted Heartbleed fix

If you have an 802.11ac AirPort Extreme or Airport Time Capsule base station, then you might need to get Apple’s freshly minted Heartbleed fix. Folks with 802.11n (2012) or earlier Airport Extreme base stations needn’t apply this patch.

AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.3
— Recommended for all AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac. It provides security improvements related to SSL/TLS
— Addresses an issue that prevents a USB hard drive connected to an AirPort Extreme from appearing as an available disk in Time Machine
— Resolves an issue that may intermittently cause a loss in WAN connectivity
— Resolves an issue that may result in a network loop

The firmware update provides a fix for the recent OpenSSL vulnerability for the latest generation of 802.11ac enabled AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations (June 2013). This vulnerability only impacts recent Airport devices that have the Back to My Mac feature enabled. Customers with previous generation AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsules do not need to update their base stations — Apple press statement via Macworld.

Again, as noted by Apple, this Heartbleed fix is only required for the newest 802.11ac AirPort models and only for those with Back to My Mac enabled.

Yeah, that’s a pretty slim target profile, which is consistent across Apple’s desktop product lines.

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