Apple has focused on the problem and worked out with different app developers to find out the solution and in iOS 10.3, this flaw is removed.
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.
Recently, a cyber security expert stated how big the problem was, explaining that getting thousands of calls at a time declared one 911 center in “immediate danger” of losing services. The head of Government affairs at one trade group told the media that the results could have been devastated if the exploit attack was created just only to disable 911 system services nation-wide.
“If this was a nation-state actor that wanted to damage or disable 911 systems during an attack, they could have succeeded spectacularly,” says Trey Forgety, director of government affairs at the National Emergency Number Association, a 911 trade group.
Apple had responded to the issue by announcing an incoming fix for it. iOS 10.3 is that fix. iOS 10.3 includes a variety of new features and numerous security fixes. Apple has confirmed that this iOS 10.3 was the effort to work out the solution for 911 exploit this is now officially available. The fix for this specific bug is one of the many reasons to update tot he latest iOS 10.3
Apple has also started working on iOS 10.3.2 beta version and has also released iOS 10.3.1 which bring 32-bit devices compatibility.