* Security firm Vupen cites vulnerability in iOS software
* Apple says it is investigating report
BOSTON Aug 3 A newly discovered vulnerability
in the software that runs Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iPad and iPhone
could allow hackers to remotely enslave the popular mobile
devices, a security firm warned on Tuesday.
The flaw, which affects Apple's iOS that also runs the iPod
touch, could allow hackers "to take complete control of a
vulnerable device," French security firm Vupen reported on its
Company spokeswoman Natalie Harrison said the company was
aware of the report.
"We're investigating," she said.
The vulnerability in iOS is the latest in a series of
security bugs identified in mobile devices over the past week.
Security experts at a hacking conference last week pointed out
several vulnerabilities in Google Inc's (GOOG.O) operating
system for mobile phones and tablet PCs.
Vupen said attackers would need to trick a user into
visiting a malicious website planted with a tainted PDF
document before infecting an iPad tablet of iPhone smartphone.
(Reporting by Jim Finkle; editing by Andre Grenon)