Apple iOS Security Flaws Put iPhones, iPads, iPods at Risk Security researchers have identified two vulnerabilities in Apple's (AAPL) iOS that could potentially allow malicious attackers to gain complete control of other people's iPhones, iPads and iPods, according to an advisory by Vupen Security.

Apple, which historically has claimed its OS is more secure than Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows, is increasingly becoming a target of hackers and crackers, who don't mind taking the time to develop nefarious software to gain access to Apple's devices. In large part, this development has come since Apple's iPhone, iPod and now the iPad have gained sizable followings.

According to Vupen, the security flaws could affect people using the Mobile Safari Web browser on their iOS devices. Users could be at risk if they land on a malicious website and try to open a PDF document: The attackers can take advantage of a memory corruption error when certain data in the PDF is being processed, and move on to execute arbitrary code.

A second vulnerability comes from an error deep within the iOS, which lets hackers gain high-level privileges on a device,
commandeering it without the user's knowledge or consent.

Currently, the only reports of anyone taking advantage of these security flaws have concerned JailbreakMe, an application which uses them to help iPhone, iPad and iPod users load non-Apple-approved applications and themes on their devices. Apple says it's aware of the security issue and is currently investigating, according to a Reuters report.

Apple iPhones and iPods running iOS versions 3 through 4, as well as iPads running iOS version 3, are affected, according to Vupen.

Until Apple devises a fix for the flaws, users should take the same steps they would to avoid other viruses and hacking attacks: Never click on a link to a website in an email, or open an attachment that was emailed to you, unless you know who sent it.

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tony

the fool is 100% correct, buy AMERICAN. We don't need any traitors in this country, if you buy chinese you`re a traitor, GET OUT.

August 05 2010 at 3:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
magiclampnormski

Ummm, they do this with every Windows security flaw. Did you complain then? I didn't think so. Just gloat about how great Apple is and how they don't get viruses and hacks (wrong!)

However, she DID give the advice to avoid problems that anyone with common sense would already know, but unfortunately common sense is in short supply these days.

August 04 2010 at 10:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cqdeed

Dawn, I noticed another security "flaw". Before they got their fixes up and running they let YOU know so YOU could tell every crook out there a new way to steal. Responsible journalism at work.

August 04 2010 at 6:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
the_fool

I am disappointed in Apple. The U.S. has high unemployment. So what does Apple do? They send the high demand of work to China. They expect to be making many many thousands of products per day for a long time. Thanks for thinking of your own country Apple. Apple CEO's, Executives, decision makers... Why don't you go with the jobs and forget coming back to the United States.

August 04 2010 at 5:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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CCi

Dear the_fool: Global CEOs are hired to be nationalistic, they are hired to be profitable for their stock holders. To that end Steve Jobs is doing his job of (1) giving the consumer the best value for the money and (2) making as much money as possible for the people who risk their money on Apple stock. Money is like wate, fool: It flows to the lowest point, and here's a nuggest for you: It ain't Cupertino, California.

August 05 2010 at 8:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pks29733steel

And people bought 'Apple' products because the 'hacking level' was lower. Glad my laptop is 'Window's' and I can keep my security programs up to date!

August 04 2010 at 2:58 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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CCi

Nobody buys Apple products because of "hacking levels". People buy Apple products because Apple products, like their owners, are smarter on-average. Case in-point: Your comment that your laptop is not "Windows." Please note that Windows is actually an operating system, not a piece of hardware. Unlike Apple, Microsoft doesn't even make computers. So when I consider that Apple makes lot of things -- and makes lots of things remarkably well -- I wonder why Microsoft, who only writes software, doesn't do a better job.

August 05 2010 at 8:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply