Apple iOS security flaw plugged
Hole in iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch software could allow hackers to control devices
Apple says that it has plugged the hole in its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch software that allowed hackers to take remote control of those devices, according to Reuters.
The security flaw came to light nine days ago when the website www.jailbreakme.com released code that Apple customers can use to modify the iOS operating system running those devices, through a process known as jail breaking.
The jailbreaking code used a vulnerability in the iOS which was previously undisclosed. By making the code public, www.jailbreakme.com gave hackers the knowledge of how to create software that would further exploit the iOS vulnerability.
Some Apple users choose to jailbreak their phones so they can download apps that are not approved by Apple, or use iPhones on a network operator not approved by Apple.
Apple has now released a security patch designed to protect iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch users against malware created as a result of the release of the jailbreak code.
The security flaw in the iOS software has the potential to affect millions of Apple devices.