Apple working to fix security hole in iOS 4.3

7 Jul 2011

A critical security hole that has been discovered in Apple’s iOS ecosystem for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch is being fixed after Germany’s IT security agency, the Federal Office for Information Security discovered the problem.

The Federal Office for Information Security warned that clicking on an infected PDF file would be sufficient to infect the device with malware without the user’s knowledge.

According to reports Apple is aware of the issue and is working on a fix that will be made available to users of its mobile devices in an upcoming software update.

The hole affects users running iOS 4.3.3 and older versions.

A similar flaw discovered last year allowed for web-based jailbreaking of iOS devices.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years