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iPhone SMS Vulnerability Fixed; Security Hole Plugged

Apple’s platforms seem to be pretty safe, since we haven’t heard too much about hacks or security issues, specially in the case of the iPhone, their most popular product. Two years after an important iPhone exploit was dealt with, there’s another security hole to plug today.

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OS X security expert Charlie Miller is on the case and while speaking at the SyScan conference in Singapore, Mr. Miller announced that he had discovered an issue that allowed hackers to run software code on the iPhone. The vulnerability was triggered by an SMS and allowed hackers to monitor the location of the handset via GPS, also turning on the iPhone’s mike, in order to eavesdrop on people’s conversations.

The same hack could make the iPhone join a distributed denial of service attack or a botnet. The renowned security expert will detail the issue at the Black Hat conference coming soon and Apple hopes to patch it by the end of July.

[via Engadget Mobile]

  • Appleeg

    Maybe I'm missing something but if this was just discovered why is this article's title stating “fixed” and “plugged”? Apple has indicated a patch isn't due until the end of July.

  • Appleeg

    Maybe I'm missing something but if this was just discovered why is this article's title stating “fixed” and “plugged”? Apple has indicated a patch isn't due until the end of July.