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11-08-2009, 02:00 PM #1
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
Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 11-08-2009 at 02:01 PM. Reason: "iPhone" appears twice in title
11-08-2009, 02:08 PM #2
how do you change the root password????
11-08-2009, 02:09 PM #3
11-08-2009, 02:19 PM #4
thats why i keep sshing off, i never use it, i just use ifunboxName? whereswaldo
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Computer + OS? Dell Inspiron 15R 2nd Gen i5, 2.3 Ghz, 750GB HDD, 8GB RAM Windows 7 HP
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11-08-2009, 02:20 PM #5
Prob need a password change thread
11-08-2009, 02:29 PM #6
We've known each other, for so long
You know the rules, and so do I
Screw #Winning, I'm #Juanning
iMac 27" i5 quad 2.8Ghz (1TB), MacBook Pro 17" 2.6, iPhone 4s
11-08-2009, 02:32 PM #7
Sort of glad I can't JB now...
11-08-2009, 02:35 PM #8
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?
11-08-2009, 02:46 PM #9
I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling..........When I said that I was 'king of forwards', you got to understand that I don't come up with this stuff. I just forward it along. You wouldn't arrest a guy who was just passing drugs from one guy to another?
11-08-2009, 02:53 PM #10
dont use open ssh ...use a usb connect program (i use iphonebrowser) so you dont have to worry about that vulnerability
11-08-2009, 02:53 PM #11password change
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
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....
Last edited by romeo_herman; 11-08-2009 at 02:56 PM.
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11-08-2009, 03:03 PM #12
Open Mobile Terminal
type su root
type in default password (alpine)
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.
Last edited by XFaega; 11-08-2009 at 03:05 PM.
11-08-2009, 03:04 PM #13
good reminder though... I recently restored my phone i like changing the root password just in case and i forgot..ty
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11-08-2009, 03:29 PM #17
Haha this happened to me. Got rid of it easy though. Taught me a lesson to change my root password haha
11-08-2009, 03:43 PM #18
11-08-2009, 03:52 PM #19
install: mobile terminal
enter: mobile terminal
type: any password of your choosing [not this sentence of course]
re-type: the new password you chose
type: killall Terminal
[make certain you capitalize the " T " in Terminal and space the two words apart]
your all done!killall Terminal
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11-08-2009, 03:53 PM #20
LMAO at the pic of Rick Astley