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  (Source: Attack of the Show)

A gaping hole in the iPhone 3G S's beefed up security, allows a packet of code to be fired into it via SMS and compromise the entire system. Apple says that it will fix the major flaw by the end of July.  (Source: AppleIPhoneReview)
IPhone SMS vulnerability could allow malicious users to install and execute malware

Recently, Apple has struggled with the security ramifications of a higher commercial profile, and seeing an increasing number of OS X malware.  Now another security flaw has been found, this time in the iPhone OS.  The flaw allows attackers to gain root access to the iPhone's underlying OS, allowing them to install and execute malicious programs at will.

The iPhone apparently automatically executes binary code sent in SMS messages.  Messages are limited to 140 bytes, but this is little deterrence as longer programs can be broken up into several messages, which the phone automatically reassembles.  While other applications such as the Safari browser on the phone only enjoy access to their sandbox, the SMS system is automatically granted root access, and SMS commands execute as root.

Charlie Miller, during a presentation at the SyScan conference in Singapore on Thursday introduced the vulnerability to the public.  He declined to go into specific details or offer his proof-of-concept code to the public, as he has entered under an agreement with Apple.  Mr. Miller did state, "SMS is a great vector to attack the iPhone."

He went on to describe several examples of how such an attack could prove beneficial to malicious parties.  Among his ideas were to use the phone's GPS technology to track people, to turn on the phone's microphone to snoop on meetings or conversations, and to use groups of the infected phones to form a botnet and launch distributed denial-of-service attacks.

Apple will have a fix ready by the end July, it says.  Mr. Miller says he will hold off on releasing details of his attack until then.  He will present the attack in its full glory at the Black Hat USA 2009 conference in Las Vegas.  Mr. Miller is the author of The Mac Hacker's Handbook, one of the leading resources for prospective Apple hackers.

He praises Apple's efforts with the iPhone saying that the stripped down version of OS X provides less attack opportunities.  He says that lack of support for Adobe Flash and Java while an annoyance to users actually aid security, as these are traditional attack vectors.  He also notes the phone's provisions to only run Apple-signed code and to provide hardware encryption as other promising features.  

Many of these features were added in the new iPhone 3G S, but were not present in the iPhone 3G leading the iPhone 3G to receive failing marks in a recent security study.  Mr. Miller concludes, "The iPhone is more secure than OS X, but SMS could be a critical vulnerability."

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RE: Not what I was expecting
By bighairycamel on 7/2/2009 4:45:24 PM , Rating: 3
Yah I will probably be downrated for saying this, but I don't get how people find her attractive? She's just..... meh.

Of course opinions are like buttholes........

RE: Not what I was expecting
By Kefner on 7/2/09, Rating: 0
RE: Not what I was expecting
By JS on 7/3/2009 6:50:56 AM , Rating: 2
So what you are saying is that you find transvestites' bodies attractive. That's ok.

RE: Not what I was expecting
By sprockkets on 7/3/2009 3:52:01 PM , Rating: 1
"How did she look?"

"She is like butter."

"Butter? What do you mean."

"Everything butter face."

RE: Not what I was expecting
By lukasbradley on 7/2/2009 5:09:24 PM , Rating: 1
I feel the same way about that Transformers girl.

RE: Not what I was expecting
By B3an on 7/3/2009 11:37:35 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Not what I was expecting
By overlandpark4me on 7/2/2009 7:54:56 PM , Rating: 2
I'd never even heard of her, and you're right, she's not a good looking girl at all. She reminds me of a road worn version of Nancy Kerrigan. Hell, Michael Jackson is a better looking girl than this chick.

What. Too soon?

RE: Not what I was expecting
By Totally on 7/2/09, Rating: 0
RE: Not what I was expecting
By callmeroy on 7/7/2009 8:48:21 AM , Rating: 2
Granted Olivia is what I would call a super hottie or anything -- I could easily rattle off many well known "hotties" with better looks....but to intimate she's unattractive is a bit of a stretch, she's loads better looking than Nancy Kerrigan as well....and the Michael Jackson comment was your attempt of humor just because you know the world is still swimming in news of MJ's death.

I'd give her "cute" but not "hot".....though she does have a pretty smoking body.... :)

RE: Not what I was expecting
By CrazyBernie on 7/3/09, Rating: 0
By bighairycamel on 7/3/2009 10:19:32 AM , Rating: 2
No sorry you lose. The correct answer to why opinions are like buttholes is: "because everyone has one and they all stink."

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