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Apple fixes iOS bugs with 6.0.1 update

01 Nov 2012

Apple has released an update to address security and stability bugs in its embattled iOS 6 platform.

The company said that the update would include fixes for flaws which had prevented iPhone 5 handsets from utilising the over-air update feature and failure issues with the built-in camera flash on the new handset.

Other stability fixes include patches for display issues in the keyboard display and passcode lock functions, as well as wireless networking and encrypted connection problems.

The update also includes a number of security fixes, including a patch to address vulnerabilities which could allow kernel-level access to maliciously crafted iOS applications. Other fixes include a pair of patches for WebKit browser engine flaws which could allow for denial of service attacks and remote code execution on iPhone 3GS and later models.

Since its release in September, iOS 6 has been the subject of much criticism against Apple. The company has taken heat for stability and performance flaws, particularly in the company's Maps application.

The poor quality of the software moved Apple chief Tim Cook to issue a public apology and was believed to be in part responsible for a corporate shake-up at the company, which included the ousting of software chief Scott Forstall.

Users can obtain the iOS 6.0.1 update through iTunes or by utilising the handset's Software Update component.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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