Apple Patches iPhone Bug Found by Hopkins Alum

Apple has issued 48 software patches for a raft of applications, including its hot-selling iPhone and the Web browser Safari (for Windows).

The iPhone bug was discovered by Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), a Baltimore, MD, security research firm founded by Johns Hopkins University professor Avi Rubin and staffed by Ph.D.s in computer science, math, and security informatics.

ISE was able to bypass iPhone's security modules in gaining control over the phone. Using a connection to a Wi-Fi network, the security analysts were able to lure a user (a New York Times reporter) to access a bogus Web page that contained malware.

The patches also address vulnerabilities in Mac OSX 10.3.9 (Panther), Mac OS 10.4.10 (Tiger) on PowerPC, and the Universal version of Mac OS 10.4.10, as well as the server versions of each of those operating systems.

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Paul McCloskey is contributing editor of Syllabus.

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