Apple to patch up SMS vulnerability on the iPhone

Apple to patch up SMS vulnerability on the iPhone
So you just bought a new iPhone 3GS and checking out all the neat features. Keeping it safe is becoming easier thanks to its ability to be tracked by GPS if stolen. And don't you like how you can use voice control to launch certain applications with the sound of your voice? Lots of great stuff on the iPhone, but there seems to be a loophole that exploits a vulnerability in the way it handles messages received through SMS. Apple isn't sitting still and feverishly working on a fix for it. Basically a hacker can remotely install and run unsigned software code with root access to the phone. Charlie Miller, an authority on MacOS X security, mentioned it during a conference in Singapore on Thursday. He did not provide specifics on it because he has an agreement with Apple on the matter. So all those features that you found so wonderful can be used against you. The malicious code could do a number of things like track your location via GPS, record or listen in to your phone conversations, or make the phone a botnet. Apple is expecting to have a patch completed by the end of the month – just in time before Miller presents his findings in greater detail at the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas.

via Apple Insider

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4 Comments

1. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

This is only for the 3GS right?

2. kellybl131

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 19, 2009

Nope, any iPhone running OS 3.0 is affected by this.

3. sprntfanboi02

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 25, 2009

oh wow apple with a problem.....what a surprise

4. MTLance unregistered

That problem sounds like Palm already fixed on its Pre and Apple is starting to fix it now LMAO. I still feel like getting an iPhone after all these news about iPhone, hopefully Nokia will wake up and start acting like Apple with its Apps.

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