As we (and plenty of other sites on the net) warned yesterday, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad owners need to be careful about what websites they’re visiting due to a recently discovered security issue in iOS.
The problem involves sites (or emails) with PDF content, and the vulnerability (which actually consists of two separate flaws worked in tandem) uses the PDF format to hide malware which is triggered merely by browsing the file. Once the malware has installed itself, a hacker can have it execute any action he or she wants.
It’s a really unpleasant one this, and Apple has finally responded to the issue, MacRumours reports (via Cnet). A spokeswoman for the firm said: “We’re aware of this reported issue, we have already developed a fix and it will be available to customers in an upcoming software update.”
Let’s hope they push it out very soon, as this particular hole could lead to one hell of a nasty virus that’d make Antennagate look like a chimp’s tea party. Meantime, be very careful about visiting links to PDF files, or even just opening any PDF files, until Apple has sorted this.
It seems that this issue is the same exploit which was utilised for the browser-based jailbreak which emerged for the iPhone 4 earlier this week.