iPhone update fixes ‘SMS of death’ vulnerability

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Apple has released an update to its iPhone operating system to protect against a vulnerability that could potentially allow criminals to hijack users’ phones with malicious intent.

The flaw, which relies upon hackers sending booby-trapped SMS messages to the intended victim, was demonstrated at the BlackHat conference in Las Vegas earlier this week, generating much publicity for security researchers Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner who uncovered the problem.

The good news is that it’s not believed that any hackers have yet exploited the vulnerability in a malicious attack. But clearly Apple realised that there was a genuine danger of cybercriminals using the exploit for their own ends. Certainly the headlines about the iPhone flaw would have caught the attention of some malicious hackers, so it’s good to see that Apple has now released a fix…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.