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Apple releases iPhone OS 3.0.1 with SMS patch

updated 02:20 pm EDT, Fri July 31, 2009

Apple patches SMS bug

Apple on Friday released iPhone firmware v3.0.1, following reports of a security vulnerability involving SMS messaging. The bug, exposed at the recent Black Hat security conference, allowed maliciously-crafted text messages to remotely disable or control an iPhone.

The vulnerability relates to a memory corruption issue when decoding SMS messages, enabling a hacker to execute code without alerting the iPhone owner. Apple fixed the flaw for the iPhone firmware, although the same vulnerability reportedly affects Android and Windows Mobile platforms as well.

The firmware update can be downloaded through iTunes via the "Check for Update" button.

by MacNN Staff





  1. jorgem4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good but where is MMS ?

    Nice work Apple on getting this done in a fast manner ! AT&T should take note of the effectiveness and release MMS !!! When are we getting this feature ???

  1. TiberiusMonkey

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I agree, fast work!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Good but where is

    Nice work Apple on getting this done in a fast manner !

    Fast manner? They've known about the problem for a month. That isn't fast.

    And for those arguing "Why should the person release details before the patch is done", this is the reason. Do you really think Apple would have the patch released today if they didn't show off the problem yesterday?

  1. Geobunny

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not fast at all

    It really wasn't fast work at all, not when you consider how long Apple sat on the information before doing anything about it. I firmly believe it would have waited until at least OS 3.1 if the guys hadn't carried out their threat of exposing the details at Black Hat.

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fast - relatively speakin

    Since it still affects Android and WinMo, I would say Apple was fast, at least relatively speaking. MS and Google have known of the issue for the same amount of time, but haven't patched it, so Apple is the fastest. That's worth something.

  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MMS "Late Summer"...

    As in September 20th?

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Now MMS & un-suffocated BT please!

    Also, am i the only one seeing these omnipresent pre ads all over macnn? Irritating.

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