German Security Agency Revealed Apple Devices Security Flaw
Thursday, July 07, 2021 12:47 PM

A German IT security agency warned that the software running on Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch has “critical weakness” which can be exploited by criminals and hackers to access confidential data on the devices, like passwords, planners, photos, text messages, emails and even listen in on phone conversations.

The device can be infected by just clicking on a crafted PDF file or surfing to a website with the infected PDF documents is sufficient to infect the device without the user’s knowledge, reported the Federal Office for Information Security in Germany. "The weak points allow possible attackers to gain administrator rights and get access to the entire system," the Federal office said.

The devices that could be affected by the vulnerability are:

  • Apple iPhone 3G, and iPhone iOS 4 including version 4.3.3
  • Apple iPad, iPad 2 up to version 4.3.3 and
  • iOS for iPod Touch up to version 4.3.3.

Apple has sold more than 200 million iOS based products till date around the globe, making the vulnerability problem, as one of the top priorities for Apple. If the cyber criminals start to exploit the security glitch, we could witness a iPhone outbreak via the new PDF vulnerability, and there would not be much that anyone could do to stop it.

Apple has not yet offered a patch for the vulnerability, known as a "zero-day" weakness because the company has not been informed ahead of time of the weakness. However, after the information being sent to Apple, we expect a fix to be out soon from Apple.

Shares of Apple Inc. were trading higher by 1.47 percent to $356.93 on Thursday.