updated 10:35 am EDT, Thu August 5, 2010
Apple declines to give timeframe
Apple has already found a fix for the PDF-based security vulnerability in mobile Safari, a company spokeswoman says. "We're aware of this reported issue, we have already developed a fix and it will be available to customers in an upcoming software update," a statement reads. The spokeswoman has declined, though, to say when the update might be ready.
The exploit is essential to JailbreakMe, a site which simplifies jailbreaking iOS devices. In the hands of less well-intentioned hackers however, the hole could be used to gain deep access to a handheld and plant malware or steal information. After it is closed, iPhone 4 owners will be temporarily left without any way of jailbreaking their hardware.