Apple Inc. released a free software update that corrects a security flaw in the iPhone, a day after a researcher showed how hackers could exploit the vulnerability to seize control of the device.
“No one has been able to take control of the iPhone to gain access to personal information,’’ Tom Neumayr, an Apple spokesman, said yesterday in an interview. The vulnerability could have let malicious code into the phone through text messages.
Read more in The Boston Globe.
According to a story in The New York Times:
The researchers said they notified Apple of the problem more than a month before their presentation at Black Hat. The company had yet to release the patch, so the they decided to publicize their find in an effort to push Apple to act. An outcry that followed the Forbes story and the researchers’ presentation seem to have done just that.
If that’s the case, maybe Black Hat should be a monthly event.