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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 07/07/2011

Apple working to fix iPhone security flaw

The German Federal Office for Information Security said that Apple’s iOS has a serious security flaw. (Daniel Barry - GETTY IMAGES)
Apple is working to fix a security flaw in the iPhone flagged by the German Federal Office for Information Security.

The German agency reported Wednesday that customers using Apple’s iOS operating system could have their devices easily infected when viewing PDF files on their phones. While viewing these files, malicious applications could access administrative rights on the phone, ultimately making it possible to gain access to user passwords, e-mails, banking data and possibly even phone calls.

The flaw is present in several versions of iOS, the report said, making iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads vulnerable to attack.

Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said Thursday, “Apple takes security very seriously. We’re aware of this reported issue and developing a fix that will be available to customers in an upcoming software update.”

The agency has not heard of any attacks exploiting this flaw, but said that users should avoid opening PDF files from unknown sources, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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