iOS 10.3 Fixes Bug That Caused iPhones to Repeatedly Call 911

BY Evan Selleck

Published 31 Mar 2017

Back in October of last year, it was reported that a bug in iOS was causing some iPhones to repeatedly call 911 emergency services.

That issue was discovered by an 18-year old, who found that a Javascript could be used to remotely force iOS devices to issue pop-up alerts, make phone calls, and even open apps. The person wanted to show how serious the issue was, so, he created a code that forced iPhones to dial 9-1-1 repeatedly. That person was eventually arrested.

Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has fixed the flaw in its mobile operating system, following the public release of iOS 10.3, which went live earlier this week.

“The code only triggered 911 calls from iPhones, exploiting a feature in the smartphone’s software that allows users to click on a phone number and immediately initiate a call.

Apple says the update supersedes that capability and now requires users to always press a second confirmation before initiating a call.”

The fix may have taken some time, but, in this case, it’s certainly better late than never.

[via The WSJ]