iPhone PDF Security Breach Fix Is Ready, Not Coming Just Yet
Apple has responded to the recent news that a simple PDF file can allow hackers to take control of iPhones by announcing that it has already fixed the security flaw. However, there is no set time for releasing the software fix to iPhone users.
The vulnerability was found with the release of the first iPhone 4 jailbreak , which uses a similar method to circumvent iPhone controls. If a user opens a compromised PDF link in the iPhone browser, code embedded in the PDF font can give hackers complete access to the device.
"We're aware of the reported issue, we have already developed a fix and it will be available to customers in an upcoming software update," an Apple spokeswoman told CNET.
Apple did not give any indication of when that update will occur, although Apple will likely want to do it soon in order to avoid a PR debacle so shortly after recovering from Antennagate .
Until the update comes, iPhone users should remember to be extremely wary of PDF files or links to PDF files from all but the most trusted sources.