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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: fsardis and his iDick debacle
By amanojaku on 7/2/2009 5:10:21 PM , Rating: 3
1) Lack of cut and paste support for over two years on a product that debuted at $600
2) Poor text input quality, and general gesture inconsistency
3) Lack of a user replaceable battery
4) Poor battery life
5) Recently revealed intermittent 3G dropouts
6) Poor phone call quality, including dropouts
7) iTunes requirement
8) Industry-trailing climate tolerance
9) Fascist content restrictions in the App store

I could type more, but I don't see the point. One accidental positive (likely to be secured by competitors) does not outweigh the negatives.


RE: fsardis and his iDick debacle
By Pirks on 7/2/09, Rating: -1
RE: fsardis and his iDick debacle
By fsardis on 7/2/09, Rating: 0
RE: fsardis and his iDick debacle
By Pirks on 7/2/2009 8:15:57 PM , Rating: 2
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approval from apple is MANDATORY if you have created software that runs on the mac NATIVELY. if you do not get that, your software is never published and even if it was, it would never install successfully on a mac
After reading this fsardis's nonsense, does anyone really believe he's trying to make a PhD in security? Maybe he meant mall security though ;o)


RE: fsardis and his iDick debacle
By fsardis on 7/3/2009 5:56:02 AM , Rating: 1
i am doing PhD in network protocols not network security you fuckwit. even so, it is unrelated to software programming for mac. i am not trying to make pretty interfaces for utterly useless software that does not even allow you to switch between windows of the same application if they are hidden behind others. such ease of use. i have to drag the focus window out of the way to reveal the window i want. there is no representation of how many windows i have open from a single app unless i use expose. i would say it is far worse than the simplicity and functionality of the windows task bar. at least with the task bar i an click to any windows i want from any application whether it is visible or not.

go back to your screwdrivers, you called a 9600 high end, and you said the code makes the cpu overheat. how could anyone be dumber than you? by the way, the office here would like more insight on how the code from one company can make the cpu overheat but code from the other makes it stay cool (which it does not)

oh you still don't know what native apps are eh? don't worry, for the job you have, you will never need to know. all your feeble mind need to know is how to use a screwdriver and change out parts. come argue again when you are a computer scientist and not a computer tech. and since you like car analogies, come back when you are a mechanical engineer and not a grease monkey changing oil and cleaning oil filters.


RE: fsardis and his iDick debacle
By Pirks on 7/3/2009 10:25:04 AM , Rating: 2
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does not even allow you to switch between windows of the same application if they are hidden behind others
Ever tried to use alt-` shortcut, clown? :))))) hehehe
quote:
at least with the task bar i an click to any windows i want from any application whether it is visible or not
Same with the OS X dock, idiot :))
quote:
the office here would like more insight on how the code from one company can make the cpu overheat but code from the other makes it stay cool
Does "the office here" also would like more insight on how the code from one company can make battery work 5 hours but code from the other makes it work only 2.5 hours? ;)

BTW your "native Mac apps" drivel is the best part of your posts, that's what I call High Quality Lulz, keep it flowing man.


RE: fsardis and his iDick debacle
By fsardis on 7/3/2009 12:48:18 PM , Rating: 2
i dont want to use the keyboard dickwash
no the dock only lists the application but not the individual windows of an application. if you call up safari from example and it has 5 windows hidden behind the focus window, you will have to either use a gesture to enter expose, or click on the expose button, or press the expose key, or move the top window around to reveal the hidden ones. all of these actions take much longer than clicking directly on the windows button on the task bar.
even a monkey can understand that. are you still having trouble?


RE: fsardis and his iDick debacle
By Pirks on 7/3/2009 1:50:48 PM , Rating: 1
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no the dock only lists the application but not the individual windows of an application
Ever tried to right click on an application's icon in a dock, stupid PhD clown? :)))


RE: fsardis and his iDick debacle
By fsardis on 7/3/2009 5:56:03 AM , Rating: 1
i am doing PhD in network protocols not network security you fuckwit. even so, it is unrelated to software programming for mac. i am not trying to make pretty interfaces for utterly useless software that does not even allow you to switch between windows of the same application if they are hidden behind others. such ease of use. i have to drag the focus window out of the way to reveal the window i want. there is no representation of how many windows i have open from a single app unless i use expose. i would say it is far worse than the simplicity and functionality of the windows task bar. at least with the task bar i an click to any windows i want from any application whether it is visible or not.

go back to your screwdrivers, you called a 9600 high end, and you said the code makes the cpu overheat. how could anyone be dumber than you? by the way, the office here would like more insight on how the code from one company can make the cpu overheat but code from the other makes it stay cool (which it does not)

oh you still don't know what native apps are eh? don't worry, for the job you have, you will never need to know. all your feeble mind need to know is how to use a screwdriver and change out parts. come argue again when you are a computer scientist and not a computer tech. and since you like car analogies, come back when you are a mechanical engineer and not a grease monkey changing oil and cleaning oil filters.


RE: fsardis and his iDick debacle
By ice456789 on 7/2/2009 7:49:30 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Lexus lacked manual transmission too.
Missing cut and paste on a $600 phone is more like having a non-adjustable driver's seat on the Lexus. Sure, the car runs fine without it but it is quite inconvenient.
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Compensated by longer internal battery life and external batteries.
Longer battery life than what? And I would say that external batteries are a poor solution to the many problems of a non-removable battery.
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AT&T
Many reviews of the iPhone have echoed the statement that the call quality has been poor, especially at launch.
quote:
http://www.copytrans.net/copytransmanager.php
So now, 3 years after the phone comes out, someone makes another app capable of putting media on the phone. Bravo! How long do you give it before it's sued out of existence? Even if someone found out how to spoof iTunes, it is still far from universal.
quote:
Are you malware author? ;-)
Perhaps he's just someone who is not interested in Steve Jobs telling him what apps he's allowed to have on his phone. If you think the only apps that are blocked are malware, you've been living in a cave (which is probably a good thing so the sun won't melt your iPhone).

Still you only even debated 5 of the previous poster's 9 comments. Am I to assume you agree with the rest, or just that you need more time to figure out how to BS your way out of them? Or perhaps you live in the sunbelt and walked outside and your iPhone overheated?


RE: fsardis and his iDick debacle
By Pirks on 7/2/2009 8:26:32 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Longer battery life than what?
Than that of a user-removable battery.
quote:
external batteries are a poor solution
No poorer than the internal ones.
quote:
you only even debated 5 of the previous poster's 9 comments
The rest are subjective thoughts/opinions, not worth debating. If a guy has some problems with his fingers - duh, tough luck buddy. What else can I say? ;-)


By Chocobollz on 7/4/2009 9:37:30 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
you've been living in a cave


Well if he is, I hope he can't make "it" with a box of scraps LOL


RE: fsardis and his iDick debacle
By eddieroolz on 7/3/2009 1:19:55 AM , Rating: 1
Oh lord, another Lexus analogy.

Are you just keeping it up to be comical now?


RE: fsardis and his iDick debacle
By fsardis on 7/3/2009 8:24:35 AM , Rating: 1
notice how he is stuck with lexus though. i wonder what that means. he does not compare it to a jaguar or aston martin or maybach. his brain is stuck on lexus like a fat kid who thinks chocolate all day.

it would at least make sense a tiny bit if he did not compare cut/paste with transmission (by the way, the lexus has semi-auto you fuckhead). he failed though to explain why the lexus has no sharp edges on the seats and why the steering does not get too hot to touch when you rev the engine.

Pirks, give us more, there is 10 of us in the office eagerly refreshing this page every minute. even computer illiterate peoplein the office are having a laugh at your idiocy and your obsession with lexus analogies.


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