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Apple releases iPhone update 3.0.1, fixes SMS hack

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Apple has pushed out the iPhone 3.0.1 update, defeating the SMS security hole that had been in the news of late. Security expert Charlie Miller found the hole and informed Apple of it a month ago, but until today, they had done nothing to combat it. He revealed the details of his hack at Black Hat, where hackers convene to make the public aware of security breaches that can be made relatively easily.

Apple’s security mailing list has this to say:

Available for: iPhone OS 1.0 through iPhone OS 3.0

Impact: Receiving a maliciously crafted SMS message may lead to an unexpected service interruption or arbitrary code execution

Description: A memory corruption issue exists in the decoding of SMS messages. Receiving a maliciously crafted SMS message may lead to an unexpected service interruption or arbitrary code execution. This update addresses the issue through improved error handling. Credit to Charlie Miller of Independent Security Evaluators, and Collin Mulliner of Fraunhofer SIT for reporting this issue.

The update is strictly for the iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, and is 280 MB. If you haven’t already got it, there’s a chance you might have to wait as Apple’s servers generally see some slowdown as the millions of iPhone users simultaneously try to update their phones.

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  • Rob

    After reading this article I went straight to the BBC News website to test an observation that I keep noticing and low and behold it was there on the front page. Can someone please tell me exactly what the BBC's problem with Apple is! On their news website they only ever give "there is something wrong with Apple" type news and always skirt around other companies similar problems. They never give positive news about Apple. This SMS hack effects all smartphones but the BBC fail to make that big news. They never concentrate too much on Micro$oft or Google's numerous failings, and always have a positive spin on their products.

    The BBC iPlayer also seems to have less and less iPhone playable encodings of programmes these days.

    Also on their programs, which regularly feature Apple computers for their style and functionality they always stick a cover over the logo which they do to no other computer manufacturer!

    What is their problem!

  • Dayne

    @Rob

    It's kind of normal for the BBC to pick fault with the seemingly faultless. i.e. Apple.
    Everyone KNOWS there are faults with Microsoft etc, so that's what they end up doing.

    it's sad, i know, but that's the press for you.