Tumblr issues security update for iOS apps, urges users to reset passwords

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Tumblr has released a security update for its iPhone and iPad social networking applications in response to a vulnerability that compromised some passwords. The update is available for download from Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store.

"If you've been using these apps, you should also update your password on Tumblr and anywhere else you may have been using the same password," Tumblr Vice President of Product Derek Gottfrid said on the company's blog.

Tumblr disclosed few details about the security vulnerability, but told The Next Web that the issue came to light Tuesday. "We immediately released an update that repairs the issue and are notifying affected users," a spokesperson said. "We obviously take these incidents very seriously and deeply regret this error."

Tumblr enables users to post multimedia and other digital content as short-form blog entries. Its network spans close to 1 billion blogs and generates more than 16 billion page views per month, buoyed by apps for iOS, Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 8 supporting on-the-go sharing of photos, GIFs, video clips, quotes and messages.

Yahoo acquired Tumblr in May 2013 for $1.1 billion in cash. The deal gives Yahoo a significant foothold in social networking, a segment where the company has struggled to gain relevance.

For more:
- read this Tumblr blog post
- read this Next Web article

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