A new image file processing-related flaw has been reported in Apple's iPhone and iPod touch. This can potentially be exploited to compromise a vulnerable device.
The vulnerability is caused due to an error in the processing of TIFF images and can potentially be exploited to execute arbitrary code when a specially crafted TIFF image is viewed, e.g., in the Safari Web browser.
The vulnerability is reported on the iPod touch version 1.1.1 as well as iPhone version 1.1.1. No workaround is available at the moment. Users are advised not to browse untrusted Web sites or open untrusted TIFF images on affected devices.
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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.