Apple releases iOS patch to fix PDF security flaw

Apple has patched the recently uncovered security flaw with how PDF files are handled in Safari in iOS 4.0.1 and earlier for the iPod Touch and iPhone, and iOS 3.2.1 and earlier for the iPad.

Apple patches the PDF-related security flaw in mobile Safari.
Apple patches the PDF-related security flaw in mobile Safari. Screenshot by Erica Ogg/CNET

Apple has quickly released a patch for the recently uncovered security flaw with how Mobile Safari handles PDF files in iOS 4.0.1 and earlier for the iPod Touch and iPhone, and iOS 3.2.1 and earlier for the iPad.

The iPhone Dev Team uncovered the flaw and released software that took advantage of it to jailbreak iOS devices when you visit its Web site.

A week ago, CNET reported that Apple was preparing a fix , but there was no mention of when Apple would release it.

The update to fix this problem should now be available via iTunes, and we recommended that you install it; however, be sure to back up your iOS devices before applying the updates.



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