Apple girding gadgets against hackers

Jul 08, 2011
A customer looks at the white iPhone 4 at the Apple store in Palo Alto, California. Apple on Friday said it was working to patch a vulnerability that hackers could use to break into the company's popular iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch gadgets.

Apple on Friday said it was working to patch a vulnerability that hackers could use to break into the company's popular iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch gadgets.

Engineers at the California firm are fixing a weakness pointed out by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).

"Apple takes security very seriously," Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said in response to an AFP inquiry.

"We are aware of this reported issue and developing a fix that will be available in an upcoming software update," she said.

BSI warned this week of a flaw that would let hackers infiltrate Apple mobile devices by duping users into opening PDF document files booby-trapped with code.

Although no attacks have been observed, hackers are likely to try to exploit the weakness, according to a posting on the agency's website.

Possible "attack scenarios for " include accessing passwords, email messages, contact lists, or built-in cameras and eavesdropping on phone conversations or getting location information, according to BSI.

The agency recommended that Apple device users guard against hackers by not opening PDF documents from unfamiliar sources.

Apple gadget users should limit Web browsing to reliable websites and avoid clicking on links in emails unless they are certain where they lead, BSI advised.

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Norezar
2 / 5 (6) Jul 08, 2011
Adobe should be held financially accountable for the massive pile of holes and issues their software introduces to any and all systems any product of theirs exist on.
eMJayy
5 / 5 (6) Jul 08, 2011
Adobe should be held financially accountable for the massive pile of holes and issues their software introduces to any and all systems any product of theirs exist on.


The security hole has nothing to do with Adobe. The software flaw which allows the iOS devices to be hacked is actually in the pdf viewer integrated in iOS, and that viewer software is exclusively designed and used by Apple, not Adobe. Apple's to blame here.
Norezar
1 / 5 (4) Jul 08, 2011
Interesting.

I assumed because it was propietary...
Voleure
5 / 5 (2) Jul 09, 2011
Watch over the next few years as the cyber armies target Apple instead of Microsoft. They will be in the same boat Microsoft was several years ago. Security flaw after security flaw. Luck to those that use their products!