08 Nov '11, 7am

Apple security expert finds security flaw in iPhones and iPads

Apple security expert Charlie Miller (not pictured) identified a software flaw in iPhones that allow hackers to build apps that secretly install malicious programs. -- PHOTO: AFP (REUTERS) - A software flaw in Apple Inc's iPhones and iPads may allow hackers to build apps that secretly install programs to steal data, send text messages or destroy information, according to an expert on Apple device security. Mr Charlie Miller, a researcher with Accuvant Labs who identified the problem, built a prototype malicious program to test the flaw. He said Apple's App Store failed to identify the malicious program, which made it past the security vetting process. There is as yet no evidence that hackers have exploited the vulnerability in Apple's iOS software. But Mr Miller said his test demonstrated that there could be real malware in the App Store. 'Until now you could just download...

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