Following a number of recent malicious attacks on the current OS for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, there are now fresh iOS 5 vulnerability fears. This issue has been ongoing for some time, so what will make the next version any different? There have been a few cases where iOS users have been taken to the wrong webpage, or have opened up a PDF file, which turned out to not be what they had assumed.
The reason for the vulnerability is because the way the iPhone and other iOS devices handle PDF files. It is not that hard for a hacker to get around that weakness and then start to exploit it. Once they have done that, then it will be very easy for said hacker to gain access to the users details, such as email, passwords etc.
Also See: iOS 8 public release notes
LA Times has been speaking to Apple about this issue, and they have said that they are aware of the problem and they are working to solve it. Having said that, Apple has said that they have a planned update coming soon, which should fix the issue. However, we cannot help but wonder why it has taken this look to fix?
We can remember that a similar issue happened with this iOS back in 2009, which was to do with sending a malicious text message and then take over that person’s iPhone. For years Apple’s security seemed bulletproof, but that and recent issues with Max OS X has proved otherwise. These issues have since been fixed, but it just shows how the mighty has fallen.
So far there have not been any reports that hackers have tried to get around this vulnerability, but you can be sure that they might try given time. This is the reason why Apple needs to get their act together and resolve the issue before it does become a problem.
There are a few simple things that you can do in order to put yourself at less risk, such as not visiting strange websites, and under no circumstances should you click on any links that appear on strange emails on or Facebook, which are notorious for this sort of thing.
Apple really does need to get a grip on this issue, because if they do not, then this could have an adverse affect on sales of their iOS devices. Have you ever had a vulnerability issue, if so how did it affect you?