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iPhone 3.0 Update Delivers Prodigious Patch Batch 150

Posted by timothy
from the switched-housemate's-iphone-to-danish dept.
CWmike writes "Apple patched 46 security vulnerabilities in the iPhone and iPod Touch, half of them in the Safari browser and its WebKit rendering engine, as it released iPhone OS 3.0 on Wednesday. One of the patched WebKit vulnerabilities stands out because of the attention it received in March, when a German college student, Nils, walked away with a $5,000 cash prize for hacking Safari at the Pwn2Own challenge. Nils used a bug in WebKit's handling of SVGList objects to crack Safari."
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iPhone 3.0 Update Delivers Prodigious Patch Batch

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  • I am disappointed! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by hansraj (458504) on Thursday June 18, 2009 @03:16PM (#28379803)

    Frankly I don't know what all the hoopla about iPhone OS 3.0 is about. I was hoping to use compass with google map after the update on my iPhone 3G, but all I got was a lousy voice-memo software.

    And before anyone points out that iPhone 3G didn't have compass built into the hardware - It is supposed to be apple! I expect nothing sort of miracles from Steve Jobs!!

    On a serious note, tethering was supposed to be there without the need to jailbreak your phone, but it is not available in US, and it is not available in Germany. Could someone tell me where it is available? Phone companies are the scum that are only slightly worse than the music industry.

  • by keeegan (1526067) on Thursday June 18, 2009 @03:16PM (#28379813)
    But when are they going to patch these security flaws on my 2.1 ipod? Paying for an update is ridiculous, especially when it fixes critical security flaws. I sure hope apple does the right thing.
  • by Hel Toupee (738061) on Thursday June 18, 2009 @03:39PM (#28380249)
    I have a first generation iPod Touch. It says on the back of the box that software bugfixes are free for life. I'd post a link to google images, but noone's managed to get a picture of the back of the box, go figure.
  • Re:Hacking Safari? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by slyn (1111419) <ozzietheowl@gmail.com> on Thursday June 18, 2009 @04:27PM (#28380959)

    Every hack in the competition was created early, and it was allowed within the rules to do so.

    This made all the sensationalist "MAC CRACKED IN SECONDS" news/blogspam all the more annoying, and the _real_ news all the more painful. The real news was that the Safari exploit that the one dude used to win the Macbook Air had been around since the competition the year prior, and that he chose to save his exploit for the next years competition, and it wasn't fixed before he was able to use it for the CanSecWest 12 months later.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 18, 2009 @04:40PM (#28381163)

    is required to upgrade to 3.0. While its not a big deal for individual computers, in an office environment its not as trivial..another one of Apples (not so) subtle schemes to get you using a particular software version whether you like it or not? And the "new" features are pretty pathetic really, more like they should have been in the 2.0 version of the software.

    So... let me get this straight, your office environment somehow includes lots and lots of people with iPhones, and this is a requirement (hence why you are apparently concerned with said phones being upgraded while at work). Meaning that, if I were to go out on a limb, the office at which you work, in some way, shape, or form, most likely specializes in iPhone app programming. Aaaaaand yet it does NOT have any sort of plan in place to upgrade iTunes (an important part of iPhone maintenance, which will update itself and alert you to this fact), not to mention the fact that this office is perfectly willing to stay behind a version of iPhone firmware in what is undeniably a viciously competitive market.

    Alternatively, your office does NOT specialize in iPhone app development and you're just whining because you're too stubborn and/or paranoid and/or aimlessly idealistic to upgrade iTunes, and will most likely be bitching in a month or so anyway when some flaw is discovered in said program and it bites you hard because you heroically refused to upgrade iTunes for whatever reason seems right in your head.

    Either way, I present a quote from the game Team Fortress 2 which, if I may be so bold to suggest, sums up the opinions of everyone who read your post: "CRY SOME MORE!!!"

  • by thomasw_lrd (1203850) on Thursday June 18, 2009 @05:00PM (#28381445)

    I must not be geeky enough, I'm tired of Iphone stories.

  • by sexconker (1179573) on Thursday June 18, 2009 @05:06PM (#28381535)

    What are they going to do? Stop taking your money every month?

  • by vux984 (928602) on Thursday June 18, 2009 @07:54PM (#28383749)

    Download caps and the price per GB we pay far exceed their costs.

    for what its worth, cellular networks -- the topic at hand, are a completely different ballgame vs broadband. A few dozen people streaming movies can saturate a cell site that can normally support thousands of voice calls.

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