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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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Why don't they pay?
By rsmech on 6/15/2010 11:48:22 PM , Rating: 2
Why do I have to pay to protect my identity? These companies require personal information from us yet they can't protect it. My information wasn't this vulnerable until they decided to connect their computers with my information to the net. Oil spills we hold BP or other oil companies responsible, forest fires we hold those who started them responsible, ect. Why am I responsible for their mistakes? Why don't they pay everytime their systems are compromised, not just when I get hit but pay for identity theft services for every customer they compromised? These services were not required until they became negligent. And to top it off they try & prosecute those who try to protect us, try to expose their negligence. Am I the only one who thinks we are footing the bill for their responsabilities. Every company that has a breach in private information should be required to put money into a pool to pay for identity theft, it's their fault not mine.

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