Apple has just announced that it plans to fix or patch an iPhone and iPad security issue, where PDF files can be maliciously used by hackers to gain access to user data, and infect their devices without their knowledge. Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security warned of “critical weaknesses in iOS, and Apple has responded to the warning promising a solution.
According to Yahoo!:
Apple Inc. spokeswoman Bethan Lloyd said Thursday the company is “aware of this reported issue and developing a fix that will be available to customers in an upcoming software update.”
No word on when or how the update will be pushed to users, but it will likely become available through iTunes, presumably, before iOS 5 is released and over-the-air push updates become available.
Until then, be vigilant and wary of any PDF files that you’re opening up. And as always, before you open any files from the web or in e-mails, be sure you know who’s sending them to you or that you trust the source from which you’re opening or downloading a file.