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Apple fixes iPhone SMS flaw

iPhone 3.0.1 update now available

Apple has patched the SMS vulnerability that allowed hackers to control iPhones. The release notes of the 3.0.1 update were short and to the point: 'Fixes SMS vulnerability' for the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

The SMS vulnerability allowed malicious parties to send seemingly harmless text messages to an iPhone and gain access to various function of the device - such as the camera or contacts. The user would reportedly be unaware of the intrusion.

Security researchers Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner demonstrated the SMS flaw at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas last week.

Apple was quick to fix the problem after it went public, although the two researchers said they told the Cupertino company about the flaw a month ago. Google has already fixed the flaw for its Android OS, according to the BBC reports.

To download the 3.0.1 security update, connect the iPhone to your computer, click on the 'Check for update' button and follow the on-screen instructions.

See also:

iPhone 3GS review

Apple iPhone 3GS review

The iPhone 3G is still available, even following the release of the newer iPhone 3GS.

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