Posted on Sunday, August 2nd 2009, 3:00 am by Andro

Apple users can now breathe a sigh of relief Thanks to the security patch being released today.


The security vulnerability that threatened iPhone users via corrupt SMS messages will apparently be addressed by Saturday. An O2 (who carries the iPhone in the UK) spokesperson tells the BBC that Apple is set to release a patch, available in iTunes, that removes the danger.

As we reported yesterday, two researchers presented a way in which iPhones could be remotely controlled – including accessing a phone’s address book and camera – after being corrupted by an SMS message containing a single square character.

Although no threat was imminent, the researchers estimated that it would take hackers only a couple weeks to exploit the vulnerability once their findings were made public.

All along, the researchers said the goal of releasing this information was to get an unresponsive Apple to fix the security vulnerability. And for now, it looks like mission accomplished.

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