Apple issues a patch to fix a dangerous security flaw in iPhones/iPads

On Thursday, tech giant Apple announced the release of a new patch for fixing a dangerous security vulnerability in iPhones and iPads.

The new patch has been issued by Apple against the backdrop of the findings by a team of researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab that the handset of a prominent United Arab Emirates dissident, Ahmed Mansoor, had been targeted with a hitherto unknown hacking mechanism.

With the researchers revealing that the thwarted attack on Mansoor involved the use of a text message which invited him to click on a web link, the attack underscored the first reported case of software which has the capability to remotely gain control of Apple's premium iPhone 6 handset.

Since Mansoor refrained from clicking on the web link included in the text message and forwarded the message to the researchers at Citizen Lab, the researchers -- together with security firm Lookout -- found that a click on the web link would have triggered the installation of a program that would have exploited three security flaws which neither Apple nor anyone else was aware of.

According to the researchers, Apple was alerted about the security vulnerability in iPhones and iPads last week. The company has quickly developed a fix for the vulnerability and rolled it out to iPhone 6 owners as an automatic update.