Saturday, July 4, 2009

Apple prepares iPhone SMS patch

Security experts have discovered a flaw in the way Apple’s iPhone handles text messages, prompting the company to ready a patch to fix the issue.

The flaw could enable a hacker to gain remote control of the device using the iPhone’s text-messaging capabilities. It works by exploiting a weakness in the iPhone’s SMS protocols and could allow cybercriminals to track the phone’s location by tapping in to its GPS features, remotely activate the microphone for eavesdropping, or transform the handset into a botnet used for sending spam or committing online crime, or instigating a distributed denial of service attack that could bring down a website.

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