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Apple's Safari has gone wrong on the iPad, says Goatse Security, which says that .  (Source: Warner Brothers)

The flaw could be used to target attacks on corporate networks which bypass firewall protections.  (Source: My Bank Tracker)
Group says Apple and AT&T are threatening national security and customers with their negligence

You've just conducted perhaps the biggest info leak in AT&T's recent history, you're under FBI investigation, and you have Apple and AT&T breathing down your necks.  What do you do next?

Well if you're Goatse Security, which prides itself at making "gaping holes exposed" (which happens to be its slogan),  the answer is apparently to discuss more attacks on the iPad.

In response to AT&T's claim that the security researchers at Goatse Security were "malicious" "hackers" who "attacked" AT&T's servers, Goatse has issued the second emphatic response in just a couple days, arguing that AT&T and Apple are doing too little to protect iPad customers from harm

Goatse Security's Escher Auernheimer writes that the ICC-IDs garnered by freely querying AT&T's website could be used to determine iPad owners' locations.

Furthermore, Auernheimer says the exploit in Apple's Safari browser he published in March has not been patched on the iPad yet and could be combined with the ICC-ID data to perform targeted attacks.  The exploit uses an integer overflow exploit, which gives access to proxy connections over banned ports, allowing all sorts of ill purposes including spewing spam and malware deliveries to locally networked machines.

Goatse Security calls AT&T's delay in publishing notice to its customers about the website flaw, after it was fixed last week, unacceptable.  It writes:

AT&T had plenty of time to inform the public before our disclosure. It was not done. Post-patch, disclosure should be immediate– within the hour. Days afterward is not acceptable. It is theoretically possible that in the span of a day (particularly after a hole was closed) that a criminal organization might decide to use an old dataset to exploit users before the users could be enlightened about the vulnerability.

And it says Apple and AT&T are engaging in more of the same with the Safari flaw.  It writes:

The potential for this sort of attack and the number of iPad users on the list we saw who were stewards of major public and commercial infrastructure necessitated our public disclosure. People in critical positions have a right to completely understand the scope of vulnerability immediately. Not days or weeks or months after potential intrusion.

If Apple and AT&T do not patch this flaw and fast, the iPad could soon become the tool of choice for attacking corporate networks.  All you would have to do is gain access to the network itself (which can be accomplished via a variety of techniques either social engineering or otherwise) and then jump on and carry out attacks -- bypassing all firewall protections.  Even better yet, imagine if you were on site -- you could easily snatch someone's iPad lying around their office and use its preconfigured wireless to wreak havoc on local networks, without even needing to gain network access.

Goatse Security is arguing that it's doing nothing wrong and is doing the public a service with its announcements.  It says it is the negligence of Apple and AT&T that is a threat, both to customers and to national security.



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RE: Isreal
By omnicronx on 6/15/2010 11:41:05 AM , Rating: 2
North American bound iPads are banned in israel because they do not conform to Israels wireless laws.

Simply put, they have not tested it to their standards (which are similar to european standards) because the device was designed for North American standards.

There is no reason to believe that once it is more widely available in Europe (or perhaps even purchasable in Israel), that they will not be allowed.

Kind of overblown, the same can be said for a lot of wireless products being brought overseas.


RE: Isreal
By Smilin on 6/15/2010 3:17:53 PM , Rating: 2
Israel already relaxed the restriction some time ago and returned iPads confiscated at customs.


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