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    Associated Press: German IT agency warns of critical Apple software security hole

    Apple recently has had to face a lot of questions geolocation privacy since news broke concerning researchers’ revelations about the tracking and storage of users’ location data on Apple iPhones and 3G-enabled iPad tablets. Now, the Associated Press reports on more privacy and security questions at the computer and software company:

    The software running Apple’s iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch has “critical weaknesses” that could be used by criminals to gain access to confidential data on the devices, Germany’s IT security agency warned Wednesday.

    Clicking on an infected PDF file “is sufficient to infect the mobile device with malware without the user’s knowledge” on several versions of Apple’s iOS operating system, the Federal Office for Information Security said.

    The same could occur when opening a website that carries an infected PDF file, possibly opening the device to criminals spying on passwords, planners, photos, text messages, emails and even listen in on phone conversations. […]

    The problem may occur on all devices — iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2 and the iPod Touch — with software versions including iOS 4.3.3, and it “cannot be excluded” that other iOS versions have the same weakness, it said.

    Apple Inc. has yet to offer a patch to fix the problem, the agency added. […]

    The agency said it was in contact with the firm regarding the security hole.

    No attacks taking advantage of it have been reported so far, “but it must be expected that attackers will soon exploit the weak points,” it said.

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