Cybersecurity researchers, Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner, have identified a vulnerability in the iPhone OS that will allow an attacker to take control of the Phone via a SMS message. They have, supposedly, notified Apple more than a month ago about this vulnerability, but the company still hasn’t released a patch.
The two plan to publicize the security flaw today at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. If you are a victim of this attack, currently the only fix is to turn off your phone.
Hopefully Apple will get a move on and update the OS before this become a wide spread problem. Can’t blame this one on AT&T, that’s for sure. If you are an iPhone user, you might consider pulling out that Blackberry again!
You can read more about this security flaw from these websites:
***7/31/2009 – UPDATE: Apple has issued an update to fix the SMS Vulnerability… iPhone OS update 3.0.1 has been released to iTunes. You’d better synch that phone now!!! Update is about 280 -ish megs so you’d better get started.
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