Apple software update thwarts iPhone-iPad hack

Jul 16, 2011
A man navigates through the iPad 2 at an Apple store in Manila in April 2011. Apple on Friday released a software update to patch a vulnerability that hackers could use to break into the company's popular iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch gadgets.

Apple on Friday released a software update to patch a vulnerability that hackers could use to break into the company's popular iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch gadgets.

The flaw made it possible for hackers to infiltrate Apple mobile devices by duping users into opening PDF document files booby-trapped with code.

Although no attacks have been observed, it was feared that hackers would exploit the weakness.

The update to iOS software running Apple fortified defenses. The update was available free at Apple's online iTunes shop.

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Husky
4.2 / 5 (6) Jul 16, 2011
feared that hackers would exploit other users, or feared that users would jailbreak their device to do stuff outside the precious Appstore and Itunes walled garden ?
iiiears
3.8 / 5 (4) Jul 16, 2011
Adobe/Macromedia/JavaScript - Making the web more "Interesting" for over a decade.
sherriffwoody
2.6 / 5 (5) Jul 16, 2011
Apple is a joke. The more the media potray them, the bigger the fall when it comes
FroShow
2 / 5 (3) Jul 16, 2011
Good for them for being proactive. (Null if it was to prevent jailbreakers.)

I hate that they limit what you can do with the product you've bought. It's not theirs anymore and it's not like anyone who hacks their own device is doing so to profit from Apple's intellectual property.
sherriffwoody
2.5 / 5 (2) Jul 16, 2011
How come if apple patches an error its in the news? Why don't all companies get this same privelage? Sounds like the media is very bias towards apple to me.
nayTall
1 / 5 (1) Jul 18, 2011
How come if apple patches an error its in the news? Why don't all companies get this same privelage? Sounds like the media is very bias towards apple to me.

that's like asking why people were always talking about Dude-Get-A-Dell, Myspace, and IE6 ten years ago. what do you expect of both 'people' and 'the media' honestly?

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