Monday, July 18, 2011

Apple closes the security hole affecting iPhone and iPad

Computer group Apple has published Friday, July 15, a patch to address a major security flaw affecting the operating system of devices of the brand, like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The flaw, which could be exploited to collect personal data, was discovered in early July. It concerns the management of files.

pdf: opening a file containing malicious code could allow an attacker to gain access to numerous confidential information, including passwords, bank details, content of emails or SMS of user.

A similar flaw was discovered in 2010, and taken advantage of by, a service offering to "jailbreak" (the English word for escape from prison) the iPhone is to say to unlock locked by Apple features, such as installing software outside of iTunes. The new update to the Apple system is also intended to limit the release of its terminals. But developers of a jailbreak tool have already proposed a new version of their program, partly to circumvent the new measures of the Cupertino company.

Apple sold 25 million iPad since its launch last year and 18 million iPhones during the first quarter of 2011 alone.

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