Cupertino (CA) - A recently unearthed security hole in the iPhone's web browser would allow hackers to gain remote access to an infected iPhone.
According to a new report from Independent Security Evaluators, if a user visits a website with the malicious code embedded in it, the code will load itself into the phone. This would allow the hacker to gain access to sensitive data stored on the phone.
The security hole can also be manipulated with an SMS message or e-mail, by including a web link to the malicious code. The code could also be automatically loaded on an iPhone if the user trusts a Wi-Fi network that is controlled by an attacker with access to the malicious hack. This method would be possible without the iPhone owner actually ever logging onto the Safari browser.
The vulnerability also applies to the Windows and Mac versions of the browser. So far, reports ISE, there have been no reports of actual attacks with this security hole. Apple is reportedly looking into the problem.
The Safari browser also caused headaches for Apple when it released a public beta version of it for Windows computers. Around 18 flaws showed up in the 48 hours following its release.