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iPhone OS security update released

Posted by: Dan at 2/3/2010 5:55 AM
Apple released a free patch for the iPhone and iPod Touch yesterday that fixes a several bugs and closes a couple of security holes that would have allowed the device to be taken over remotely. The four five security patches for iPhone OS v3.1.3 can be seen after the jump, while the bug fixes are:

• Improves accuracy of reported battery level on iPhone 3GS
• Resolves issue where third-party apps would not launch in some instances
• Fixes bug that may cause an app to crash when using the Japanese Kana keyboard
 
Products compatible with this software update:

• iPhone (all models)
• iPod touch (all models)

 
As with all security updates, it is best to get these applied as soon as possible.


iPhone OS 3.1.3 and iPhone OS 3.1.3 for iPod touch

 CoreAudio
CVE-ID: CVE-2010-0036
Available for: iPhone OS 1.0 through 3.1.2, iPhone OS for iPod touch 1.1 through 3.1.2
Impact: Playing a maliciously crafted mp4 audio file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
Description: A buffer overflow exists in the handling of mp4 audio files. Playing a maliciously crafted mp4 audio file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This issue is addressed through improved bounds checking. Credit to Tobias Klein of trapkit.de for reporting this issue.

 ImageIO
CVE-ID: CVE-2009-2285
Available for: iPhone OS 1.0 through 3.1.2, iPhone OS for iPod touch 1.1 through 3.1.2
Impact: Viewing a maliciously crafted TIFF image may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
Description: A buffer underflow exists in ImageIO's handling of TIFF images. Viewing a maliciously crafted TIFF image may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. This issue is addressed through improved bounds checking.

 Recovery Mode
CVE-ID: CVE-2010-0038
Available for: iPhone OS 1.0 through 3.1.2, iPhone OS for iPod touch 1.1 through 3.1.2
Impact: A person with physical access to a locked device may be able to access the user's data
Description: A memory corruption issue exists in the handling of a certain USB control message. A person with physical access to the device could use this to bypass the passcode and access the user's data. This issue is addressed through improved handling of the USB control message.

 WebKit
CVE-ID: CVE-2009-3384
Available for: iPhone OS 1.0 through 3.1.2, iPhone OS for iPod touch 1.1 through 3.1.2
Impact: Accessing a maliciously crafted FTP server could result in an unexpected application termination, information disclosure, or arbitrary code execution
Description: Multiple input validation issues exist in WebKit's handling of FTP directory listings. Accessing a maliciously crafted FTP server may lead to information disclosure, unexpected application termination, or execution of arbitrary code. This update addresses the issues through improved parsing of FTP directory listings. Credit to Michal Zalewski of Google Inc. for reporting these issues.

 WebKit
CVE-ID: CVE-2009-2841
Available for: iPhone OS 1.0 through 3.1.2, iPhone OS for iPod touch 1.1 through 3.1.2
Impact: Mail may load remote audio and video content when remote image loading is disabled
Description: When WebKit encounters an HTML 5 Media Element pointing to an external resource, it does not issue a resource load callback to determine if the resource should be loaded. This may result in undesired requests to remote servers. As an example, the sender of an HTML-formatted email message could use this to determine that the message was read. This issue is addressed by generating resource load callbacks when WebKit encounters an HTML 5 Media Element.