Your iPhone Will Be Safe From Random Hijackings By Tomorrow (Update: Patch Is Out Now)

According to British carrier O2, Apple will be issuing an update this weekend to fix an SMS exploit that could conceivably allow any jerk with enough know-how to bulk-hijack iPhones. It's an admirably quick fix to a comically terrible problem.


But at least Apple's got an update infrastructure to match their relatively quick remedy; what's really worrying is that some other vulnerable phones—mostly Android and Windows Mobile handsets—are still vulnerable, and whatever updates Google and Microsoft have in store may have a slightly harder time blanketing users without the near-daily update checking built into the iPhone's usage style. UAnd so we will all die, by text message.

UPDATE: Google has patched the exploit in Android, where it was never as dire a concern anyway—your phone could be knocked off the network, but not hijacked.

UPDATE 2: The patch is showing up in iTunes for some folks already. —Thanks, Graham!


[BBC--Thanks, Brian!]

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