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    Default 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.

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    Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 11-08-2009 at 02:01 PM. Reason: "iPhone" appears twice in title

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    how do you change the root password????

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    I hate that Rick Roll guy

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    thats why i keep sshing off, i never use it, i just use ifunbox
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    Prob need a password change thread

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    Sort of glad I can't JB now...

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    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?

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    I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling..........
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    dont use open ssh ...use a usb connect program (i use iphonebrowser) so you dont have to worry about that vulnerability

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    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....
    Last edited by romeo_herman; 11-08-2009 at 02:56 PM.

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    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.
    Last edited by XFaega; 11-08-2009 at 03:05 PM.

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    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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    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)

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    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]

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    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!!

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    Haha this happened to me. Got rid of it easy though. Taught me a lesson to change my root password haha

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    Haha lol

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    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!
    killall Terminal[]

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    LMAO at the pic of Rick Astley

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