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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. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ If I get it, I am forwarding it to all my contacts.
    1. lillewis51's Avatar
      lillewis51 -
      wait.... if only they know about it how is the exploit going public unless they release it? and why would they do that?
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      I'm wondering, if this is a real possibility. Would having an app like iBlacklist or MCleaner that blocks SMS from unknown numbers would help?
      If I get it I'm forwarding it to Stealthy, lmao
    1. Exodus191's Avatar
      Exodus191 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lillewis51 View Post
      wait.... if only they know about it how is the exploit going public unless they release it? and why would they do that?
      This is a very good point...
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      I'm wondering, if this is a real possibility. Would having an app like iBlacklist or MCleaner that blocks SMS from unknown numbers would help?
      If I get it I'm forwarding it to Stealthy, lmao
      I don't need anymore viruses from you
    1. yomommah's Avatar
      yomommah -
      Quote Originally Posted by PhoneLine View Post
      I read up on it a bit and it seems that it gives the sender of the sms root access.
      well if that is so, mabey we can use this to our advantage and be able to mess with our own phones without the necessity of jailbreaking them.
      think how awesome it would be to be able to install stuff like apps and themes without jailbreaking!
    1. lillewis51's Avatar
      lillewis51 -
      ^^^ good point thats another thing... how do you get into the phone with out open ssh?
    1. A Retired Mod's Avatar
      A Retired Mod -
      That sucks....!
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I don't need anymore viruses from you
      Here this will work,
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      ^ how do hackers get into the phone prior to installing open ssh? Its not needed for the SMS exploit

      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      Here this will work,
      Thanks blkcadi. I appreciate that. Pink Eye is a beotch
    1. Haterzenvy's Avatar
      Haterzenvy -
      turning off sms possible fix?


      or is it plain text in general
    1. ifonemaniac's Avatar
      ifonemaniac -
      I would suggest to anyone who REALLY needs their iPhone for serious use to put it in "Airplane Mode" giving full functionality to their apps, clock, calendar, etc... without the risk of receiving these messages.
    1. mobsta's Avatar
      mobsta -
      Quote Originally Posted by ifonemaniac View Post
      I would suggest to anyone who REALLY needs their iPhone for serious use to put it in "Airplane Mode" giving full functionality to their apps, clock, calendar, etc... without the risk of receiving these messages.
      i hope this dont happen to my new 3gs...

      also is this under warramty? like will my phone be covered if this guy really does do this
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      ^ good question, I would hope so.
    1. gcastro723's Avatar
      gcastro723 -
      oh gosh... its the end of the world as we know it....and i feel fine... lol but really i mean what about us whose lives revolve around this little wonder?
    1. soto806's Avatar
      soto806 -
      lol that would suck!
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by gcastro723 View Post
      oh gosh... its the end of the world as we know it....and i feel fine... lol but really i mean what about us whose lives revolve around this little wonder?
      Perhaps sad but proud to say, mine does.
    1. equlizer's Avatar
      equlizer -
      So is this honestly real? One hack to end all hacks? Sounds too much like Terminator or lawnmower man
    1. sungod661's Avatar
      sungod661 -
      lol this story isnt even a little believable......come get 514-951-9122 ill be waiting lol
    1. rbjscv's Avatar
      rbjscv -
      if you're jailbroken, and have iBlacklist installed and properly configured, then there is no way the SMS hackers will control your phone.

      simple?