Critical security flaws have recently been discovered in Apple’s operating system, Germany's Federal Office for Information Security declared. The weakness is related to the manner in which iOS gadgets operate with PDF files, since this vulnerability could enable hackers to access users’ passwords or bank data, the LA Times reports.
iOS users can infect their gadgets by clicking on manipulated PDF files. Hackers have not exploited this weakness yet, but this still represents a real security risk.
"[…] although no attacks have been observed, it is expected attackers will exploit the weaknesses as quickly as possible", the report reads.
Apple is aware of the security issue and is currently working on developing a fix which will become available in an upcoming software update, Trudy Muller, Apple’s spokeswoman assured.
The Cupertino-based company has dealt with similar issues before. In 2009 it was revealed that hackers could take control of iOS gadgets via malicious text messages, and early in 2011, it was acknowledged that they could break into the iPhone 4 via booby-trapped websites. Apple did manage to eventually solve both security flaws.
The company has not offered any specific details about the possible release date of the fix. Meanwhile, iOS users should avoid clicking on suspicious PDF files.