Can’t upgrade to iOS 8? Beware bugs in the system

Despite Apple's recent missteps in patching iOS 8, iPhone and iPad users may want to upgrade to the Apple's latest available mobile operating system to fix some serious security issues.

Among the most critical is a vulnerability — CVE-2014-4377 — in how iOS processes PDF files as images. An attacker who exploits the flaw could use a malicious Web page viewed by the user in Safari to run code on the victim's device, according to a description of the problem posted this week by Argentinian security consultancy Binamuse.

A proof-of-concept attack is "a complete 100% reliable and portable exploit for MobileSafari on IOS7.1.x," Felipe Andres Manzano, principal consultant at Binamuse, stated in the company's analysis.

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