iPhone users urged to upgrade to 3.0

iPhone and iPod Touch users should upgrade their devices with the latest version of Apple’s operating system – not just for more features, but to fix more than 40 security holes.

Issuing the advice, security experts at Sophos said iPhone users might switch to version 3.0 to get features like cut-and-paste, spotlight search and a landscape virtual keyboard.

Yet the firm said they should definitely upgrade to patch 46 vulnerabilities, including some that could allow hackers to run malicious code on their iPhone if they visited a malicious website.

iPod Touch users must also opt for OS 3.0 to avoid the risk of being stung by such threats, but face a $9.95 charge for doing so, unlike iPhone users who download it free via iTunes.

“Although we haven't come across any examples of hackers creating malware to exploit these vulnerabilities as yet, it is vital that iPhone and iPod Touch users understand the importance of this latest update,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

“There's no doubt that some iPod Touch users will be unhappy that they have to pay for their devices to be fixed, and it's certainly unusual for a company to charge for important security patches like this.

"In an ideal world Apple would make free fixes available for iPod Touch users who don't feel they need cut-and-paste and other new features, but do want to be able to use the internet securely.”

 

Editorial image courtesy of Apple

 

 

 

23rd June 2009

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