The iPhone 4 jailbreak uses a pair of security flaws in iOS and Apple has finally slung out a statement to confirm that it knows about them and is getting set to plug the holes. That’s good news if you’re worried about the threat to your iPhone from malicious code popped into PDFs but it’ll also mean the brains behind the iPhone 4 jailbreak will have to think again…

In a typically terse statement, Apple says its response to the iPhone 4 jailbreak and iOS security flaws is on the way: “We’re aware of this reported issue, we have already developed a fix and it will be available to customers in an upcoming software update.” It hasn’t revealed when that iOS update might arrive.

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As we wrote yesterday, the vulnerabilities exploited by the iPhone 4 jailbreak are not the only security holes in iOS. There are several other well-known flaws in iOS which could be used for future jailbreaks if Apple’s next update doesn’t act to fix them.

The current iPhone 4 jailbreak uses a flaw in the way Safari on the iPhone deals with fonts in PDF files (which are automatically opened) to remotely execute code then another to get root privileges. The same approach could be taken by hackers aiming to push malicious apps onto the iPhone.

With such a serious flaw now out in the open, we’d expect Apple to get the next iOS update out within days. The speed with which it followed iOS 4.1 beta 2 with iOS 4.1 beta 3 shows how swiftly it can turn out code when it needs to.

Let us know: do you think Apple has the right approach to dealing with iPhone security?

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