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  • Hijacking All iPhones via SMS
    Cybersecurity researchers Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner discovered how to completely hijack any iPhone via SMS. Tomorrow (Thursday) they plan on publicize and reveal the vulnerability at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. They will be demonstrating how to send a series of SMS burst to the iPhone which will allow them to take complete control of EVERYTHNIG on the device and then propagate the attack by sending more SMS messages via the hijacked iPhone. According to Miller
    This is serious. The only thing you can do to prevent it is turn off your phone . . . Someone could pretty quickly take over every iPhone in the world with this.
    Since Apple has yet to address this iPhone vulnerability even though Miller and Mulliner notified Apple over a month ago. Miller suggests that if you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character you should turn the device off immediately.

    This vulnerability should be heeded and patched by Apple asap (3.1 firmware anyone?). Miller knows his stuff, he was the first one to remotely hjack the iPhone in 2007 via the former bug in iPhone Safari -- old skool, as in jailbreakme.com old skool

    via forbes thx steven and jcrod73 for the tip
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Hijacking All iPhones via SMS started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 250 Comments
    1. djdraco's Avatar
      djdraco -
      Everyone bow down and behold the mighty square! Zoltan!

      Oh and by the way I always wondered who Tommy tu-tone was calling. And all along it wasn't Jenny it was Rescurer.
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      Quote Originally Posted by hackermy2 View Post
      the fix com on this weekend from apple

      BREAKING NEWS: O2 Confirms SMS Fix This Weekend!
      this article says saturday

      O2 claims iPhone security patch will hit iTunes on Saturday, Apple stays silent
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ It was just released. See the front page
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      just saw

      leaving this thread now!

      *hugs
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Well since most people are not going to upgrade to keep their jailbreak, I suspect the square is still scary to most people
    1. hackermy2's Avatar
      hackermy2 -
      the fix is out
    1. darwina's Avatar
      darwina -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Well since most people are not going to upgrade to keep their jailbreak, I suspect the square is still scary to most people
      Last week I was getting crazy texts with upside down questionmarks and exclamation points from my mom via yahoo... perhaps she was trying to hack me!!! :P
    1. BecomingxInsane's Avatar
      BecomingxInsane -
      Well, this is odd.
      I never updated my iPhone to 3.0.1, I'm still running on 3.0
      But I've been using a Razr as a phone while its gone, and i got some freakish text like what was being described.
      This is a picture I took using the iPhone of the screen of the Razr.
      http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/f...mmer63/001.jpg
      It's hard to read, but it shows a weird square box with a ? in it.
      (Not the same as the little box I know, but I'm curious. Haha.)
      And then random text kind of like

      lNK1id#x
      /K;a?5GyEF6iFi#?m7:nYsR.X;v

      It's from a random number, 9010.
      I accidentally texted "A" back to it, and about 10 minutes later I received the A, this time from 1010 or something.
      Could this be anything like what's been going on here?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ maybe
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Possibly.