July 7, 2011 at 11:23 AM ET
Another day, another Apple drama. Today our big worry is the reappearance of a security exploit which has been haunting iOS devices for years. Don't worry though: Apple is aware of the problem and has vowed to fix it ... again.
TheNextWeb reports that the PDF file-related security hole used to easily jailbreak — or unlock — iOS devices so that they can run unauthorized software is back once again and can be used for nefarious deeds:
The exploit, which takes advantage of a hole in Apple’s mobile Safari application, allows a user to jailbreak their device by loading an “infected” PDF file to gain root privileges.
...However, a German IT agency has warned that the same exploit can be used by criminals to access and steal sensitive data, stating that it “is sufficient to infect the mobile device with malware without the user’s knowledge”.
According to Apple, the company is “aware of this reported issue and developing a fix that will be available to customers in an upcoming software update.” We don't know if that means that we'll see a software update prior to the release of iOS 5, but we wouldn't be surprised if Apple chose to push out a security fix to its users.