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  • Aussie Worm Rickrolls Jailbroken iPhones


    A programmer in Australia has created a worm that changes the lockscreen of infected phones to a picture of 80s singer Rick Astley. Like the recent Dutch "hack" that replaced users' wallpaper with a demand for money, this worm accesses jailbroken iPhones that are running OpenSSH and are still using the default root password.

    The worm was written by someone who goes by the name of ikee. It works by scanning the IP range of the 3G network the phone is on, then the address ranges of carriers Optus, Vodafone and Telstra, until it finds a running SSH service. The worm then replaces the lockscreen with an image of Rick Astley along with the words "ikee is never going to give you up," deletes the SSH daemon, and begins scanning for another vulnerable phone. ikee noted that his own phone had infected more than a hundred other phones, and there have been suggestions, as yet unconfirmed, that the worm may have spread beyond Australia.

    A blogger posted the transcript of an IRC chat with ikee, in which he explained that he wrote the worm because he "was curious to how far something like this would actually spread." He says that it "was all in good fun (well ok for me anyway)." The blogger also posted the source code of the virus.

    There's no real justification for hacking somebody's phone. It's to be hoped, though, that the increasing frequency of default-password "hacks" highlights the importance of changing your root password and not running ssh when it's not needed.

    image via JD's Thoughts on Everything
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Aussie Worm Rickrolls Jailbroken iPhones started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 87 Comments
    1. Titan3636's Avatar
      Titan3636 -
      how do you change the root password????
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I hate that Rick Roll guy
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      thats why i keep sshing off, i never use it, i just use ifunbox
    1. bbillh77's Avatar
      bbillh77 -
      Prob need a password change thread
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      We've known each other, for so long
      You know the rules, and so do I

    1. dazza's Avatar
      dazza -
      Sort of glad I can't JB now...
    1. badbrain88's Avatar
      badbrain88 -
      he did/does have a pretty soulful voice for such a pale ginge. Also, the writing on the screenshot is in Thai, does this mean it's reached there too?
    1. njosnavelin's Avatar
      njosnavelin -
      I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling..........
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      dont use open ssh ...use a usb connect program (i use iphonebrowser) so you dont have to worry about that vulnerability
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Titan3636 View Post
      how do you change the root password????
      the easy way to change the root password is
      install mobile terminal from Cydia
      after finish install press home button to go back to Home screen
      look for mobile terminal then open
      type "su" (without quote)press return
      then password "alpine" (without quote)press return
      now you are logging as root
      type "passwd" (without quote)press return
      type your new password/press return
      retype your new password/press return

      That's it

      after the instruction try to log in then enter password "alpine"
      the system will deny it.
      hope it help.If help please press thanks button.

      Finish change password you can uninstall mobile terminal on your phone.


      Good bye hackers....
    1. XFaega's Avatar
      XFaega -
      Quote Originally Posted by Titan3636 View Post
      how do you change the root password????
      If you have Cydia installed you can get instruction on the main page. You will also need Mobile Terminal. But I will just tell you. Remember this is not my work just quoting.

      Open Mobile Terminal
      type su root
      type in default password (alpine)
      type cd
      type passwd
      Change password to what you want also you have to re enter the password in again to verify
      type passwd mobile to change the mobile password. Do the same steps as you did changing your main password.
      type exit until you get to the main screen you started out at.

      Good luck.
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      good reminder though... I recently restored my phone i like changing the root password just in case and i forgot..ty
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Thanks for posting how to change the password.

      But why are comments #11 and #12 different? Why does one say "su root" and the other one just "su"?

      (I followed #11 and it worked fine)
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      Quote Originally Posted by A.T View Post
      I hate that Rick Roll guy
      this is far better than rick rolling [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpA2tMrQ4RU]YouTube - Kitty Cat Dance[/ame]
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by romeo_herman View Post
      the easy way to change the root password is
      install mobile terminal from Cydia
      after finish install press home button to go back to Home screen
      look for mobile terminal then open
      type "su" (without quote)press return
      then password "alpine" (without quote)press return
      now you are logging as root
      type "passwd" (without quote)press return
      type your new password/press return
      retype your new password/press return

      That's it

      after the instruction try to log in then enter password "alpine"
      the system will deny it.
      hope it help.If help please press thanks button.

      Finish change password you can uninstall mobile terminal on your phone.


      Good bye hackers....
      Thanks! Usually keep my ssh off anyways but this was a preventitive measure. Thanks!!
    1. Benson91's Avatar
      Benson91 -
      Haha this happened to me. Got rid of it easy though. Taught me a lesson to change my root password haha
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Haha lol
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      install: mobile terminal
      enter: mobile terminal

      type: su
      press: enter

      type: alpine
      press: enter

      type: passwd
      press: enter

      type: any password of your choosing [not this sentence of course]
      press: enter

      re-type: the new password you chose
      press: enter

      type: killall Terminal
      press: enter

      [make certain you capitalize the " T " in Terminal and space the two words apart]


      your all done!
    1. zoolander369's Avatar
      zoolander369 -
      LMAO at the pic of Rick Astley
    1. silvrbackg3rilla's Avatar
      silvrbackg3rilla -
      hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ppl theses days money the root of all evil