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Apple Fixes Bugs, Security Holes In iOS 5

Apple has released fixes for a bunch of flaws in iOS 5, including one that leads to poor battery life and two others that can expose users' personal data when visiting malicious web sites.

The iOS 5.0.1 software released Thursday marks the first time Apple has distributed an iOS update over-the-air, which means customers don't have to be connected to iTunes on a computer. Among the fixes is one for a bug that caused the battery to run down too quickly.

Some Apple iPhone users have complained for awhile about poor battery life after upgrading to iOS 5. Apple acknowledged the problem in the release, without providing details. "Fixes bugs affecting battery life" is all the company said.

Other bug fixes listed by Apple included adding multitasking gestures to the original iPad, correcting problems with documents in Cloud and improving voice recognition for Australian users.

Security flaws patched included two that could disclose personal data on the Apple devices when visiting malicious web sites. One flaw could be exploited through specially crafted URLs and the other through maliciously crafted host names.

Other problems corrected included a flaw that enabled an attacker to run code through a document and another that let a hacker intercept credentials to gain access privileges. Other bugs made it possible to execute unsigned code and to gain limited access to user data on a locked iPad 2. The latter would require the person to have the physical device.

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