Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Web code locks up iPhones and iPod Touch [Update #2]

Remember the iPhone and iPod Touc Safari exploit that causes the iPhone and iTouc to crash?

So far, Apple has had no comment. The code was first reported in January and exhausts the memory in Safari, which in turn will cause your iPhone or iPod Touch to freeze, or your desktop Safari to crash. "Given the nature of this issue," said the BugTraq newsgroup vulnerability report, "remote code execution may also be possible, but this has not been confirmed."

There is no patch available from Apple. The recommended workaround is to disable Javascript within Safari. To do so:

1. Under Edit, click Preferences.
2. Click the Security icon.
3. Uncheck Enable JavaScript.
4. Close and restart Safari.

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