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Apple Issues Patch for PDF Handling Flaw


A patch has been issued to address a flaw in how the Apple CoreGraphics frameworks handle PDF files. The patch issued by Apple fixes a security vulnerability associated with viewing malicious PDF files that would “create a way for users to jailbreak iOS devices in order to run non-Apple-authorized software. Usually, the process requires the user to download a specific tool while connected to a computer. This flaw allowed the team to develop a tool that could be executed just by visiting the JailbreakMe Website from the mobile device.”


Author: Shawna McAlearney
Date: July 18, 2011

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Apple Issues Patch for PDF Handling Flaw

Developers at the JailbreakMe Website discovered a flaw in how the Apple CoreGraphics frameworks handle PDF files, according to eWeek.

The patch issued by Apple fixes a security vulnerability associated with viewing malicious PDF files that would “create a way for users to jailbreak iOS devices in order to run non-Apple-authorized software. Usually, the process requires the user to download a specific tool while connected to a computer. This flaw allowed the team to develop a tool that could be executed just by visiting the JailbreakMe Website from the mobile device.”