BUCHAREST, Romania -- BitDefender®, an award-winning provider of antivirus software and data security solutions, has updated its antivirus software solutions with signatures designed to detect malformed TIFF files created to exploit a vulnerability in the iPhone® Safari browser.
The vulnerability is present in Apple® iPhone firmware versions 1.1.1 and earlier.
The flaw has been publicized lately as a way to "unlock" iPhones, thereby removing the restrictions on what software can be installed and run, as well as the restriction on what cellphone service provider can be used. This, however, opens the iPhone up to attack by malicious individuals who could use the exploit to install and run arbitrary code on an iPhone, with root privileges (that is, higher privileges than even the owner of the device).
"Owners of unlocked iPhones are especially at risk because installing a later version of the firmware is not an option for them, so the flaw will be present in their browser even after Apple releases a patch, declared Razvan Stoica, BitDefender Communications Specialist. We strongly advise installing and using BitDefender with the latest signature updates, especially for corporate or ISP gateways.