Apple has fixed a flaw in iPhone 3G S mobile phones that could have left millions of users exposed to a serious security breach.
Exposed last week at a computer expo, the flaw could have allowed cybercriminals to assume remote control of an iPhone 3G S just by sending a series of text messages that contained code for an executable file.
They could then exploit the weakness in the latest version of the company’s all-conquering mobile phone to steal data as well as make calls and send text messages.
However, Apple has moved to tackle the problem with a new patch which can be installed by owners simply by plugging their phone into their computer and syncing with iTunes.
Apple stated: "A memory corruption issue exists in the decoding of SMS messages. Receiving a maliciously crafted SMS message may lead to an unexpected service interruption or arbitrary code execution.
“This update addresses the issue through improved error handling."
The patch also repairs the breach in earlier iPhone editions.
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