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iPhone 3.0 Includes 46 Security Updates

Apple on Wednesday released the much anticipated 3.0 update for the iPhone, bundling at least 46 security fixes into a new version of the iPhone operating system that includes essential functionality such as cut-and-paste and Spotlight search.

Included in the 3.0 bundle are security patches for vulnerabilities in a broad range of iPhone components, including Safari and Mail. The mail flaw, for example, could allow a malicious app or attacker to place a phone call without user interaction. A host of other security holes fixed by this update could allow a remote attacker or Web site to run malicious code on the device or cause it to crash.

The update is available only through iTunes. My colleague Rob Pegoraro has a more in-depth post about the new features built into this update, but he was having trouble grabbing the update yesterday. Apple says that the automatic update process may take up to a week depending on the day that iTunes checks for updates. Late last night, I was able to download and install the 3.0 update by clicking the "Check for Updates," option in iTunes. The whole process took close to an hour to complete. Note that the update may not be offered if you are not running the latest version of iTunes (8.2).

The update went smoothly for the most part. It inserts a new search screen directly before the main apps page, but in doing so it appears to have screwed up the positioning of my apps, causing a single app to take up an entire screen as I page through them. Still, the search function works well and is a long-overdue feature.

What about you, dear Security Fix readers? Experience any problems applying this update? Leave a note in the comments section below.

By Brian Krebs  |  June 18, 2009; 2:05 PM ET
Categories:  New Patches  | Tags: iphone 3.0, spotlight  
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Comments

I upgraded to 3.0, and the process was smooth as silk. I was happy to see that most of the apps I had previously downloaded were still intact and working great. One of my favorite apps is Shoofa DC - it provides location based access to food and drink promotions in the Washington DC metro area, effectively saving residents and visitors tons of money.

Posted by: DC102 | June 18, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

After many attempts to connect over about three hours, I was finally able buy 3.0 for my Touch. Even though I was going to buy the update anyway, my nose is a bit out of joint that I had to purchase security updates. Does anyone know if these updates could have been installed without purchasing 3.0?

Posted by: Freddylun1 | June 18, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

so, what if I dont want to buy the update for my 1st gen ipod. Does that mean apple has failed in it duty of care to protect my os from the 30 or more vulnerabilities? Not happy.

Posted by: noxid | June 19, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

so, what if I dont want to buy the update for my 1st gen ipod. Does that mean apple has failed in it duty of care to protect my os from the 30 or more vulnerabilities? Not happy.

Posted by: noxid | June 19, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

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