Apple to Release iOS Security Fix for iPhones, iPads and iPods Apple (AAPL) plans to release a fix for two security flaws in its mobile device operating system when it sends out its next software update, according to a Bloomberg report. The flaws in iOS, which runs on iPhones, iPads and iPods, came to light earlier this week and could give malicious attackers the ability to gain complete control over other users' mobile devices.

The security vulnerabilities are in Apple's iOS versions 3 and 4 for the iPhone and iPod, as well as iPads running iOS version 3. When customers using the Mobile Safari Web browser land on a malicious website and try to open a PDF document, a hacker can take advantage of a memory corruption error when processing certain data in the document, exploit the flaw to execute arbitrary code, and take over the device.

Until Apple releases the security update, customers ideally should avoid opening PDFs or clicking on links in emails unless they know who sent them the information.

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whitcombc

Sorry Microsoft guys! Apple OS is a variant of Unix which is terribly hard to hack. Microsoft is Pictures for DOS STILL! In the nearly 30 years I have worked on computers, fixing, installing and troubleshooting, I have discovered 3 viruses on Macs. All of them were directed at flaws Microsoft put into and left in their OS and their Aps. Even the Auto-Start Worm came from the idea that Microsoft wanted their CDs to start up just like Macs did. Unfortunately, as they did with Macros in Word and Excel, they put a simple program in there to automatically run. Certainly easier than writing a robust OS which could detect bad nasty things and NOT run. And with your mathematical logic there should only be 20 times as many Windows and Microsoft - specific Viruses. I believe there are over 1.2 MILLION MS viruses while, at last count there are 39 Mac viruses (Several are MS viruses too. Oh yeah... one more thing... for every Microsoft PC there are .7 or less users. For every Mac there are 3.8 users (last I checked). Windows is a core dump with graphics and if Microsoft spent as much money programming as it does trying to close down other companies' and steal their products, they might not get hacked so badly. Can't wait for Microsoft's next Apple iPod Killer, iPad Killer or Smart Phone.

August 09 2010 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hello!

Lol, Here is the proof that fancy Apple products are no more secure than Windows. The only reason Apple hasn't bee getting hacked is because there has been like 20 Windows computers to every Apple one. None of the hackes cared about hacing Apples when you might only affect a few people. Why put in the effort. Now all the Ipods, Ipads, and Iphones have landed Apple the big hacking bullseye, you'll start to see the same happen to them. Why? Because everyone has one now! Go ahead, jump on that bandwaggon!

August 07 2010 at 2:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
rogersmuz

I thought Apple products didn't have security issues. Sorry fanboys.

August 07 2010 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply