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Thursday, 01 August 2013 10:48

Apple promises to fix security-flawed iPhone iOS

Written by Nick Farrell

Well sometime soon at least

With incredible speed and agility in dealing with users security needs Jobs’ Mob said it will not be fixing a serious security hole in the iOS 7 for the iPhone until autumn. The current iPhone ships with a feature that hands control of the phone to anyone one who connects to a fake charging station. [Which is still an improvement over electrocuting them. Ed]

Apple has confirmed the hack, which it was first warned about earlier this year, and said it has come out with a fix. The only problem is that it is not going to push the fix, like any ordinary company would do until it releases the new version of the Operating System.

Meanwhile the technical aspects of the flaw was demonstrated the security vulnerability at the Black Hat hacking convention in Las Vegas. The work was done by Billy Lau, a research scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and graduate students Yeongjin Jang and Chengyu Song.

In a demonstration at the hacking conference, they plugged an iPhone into a custom-built charger they equipped with a tiny Linux computer that was programmed to attack iOS devices. They said it cost about $45 to buy and a week to design. No doubt these particular bits of gear will be hacker toys for the rest of summer. It is just a pity that all they will be able to hack into is some fanboys’ Coldplay collection

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