Major iPhone SMS Security Flaw

Originally Posted by Forbes

If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off. Quickly.

That small cipher will likely be your only warning that someone has taken advantage of a bug that Miller and his fellow cybersecurity researcher Collin Mulliner plan to publicize Thursday at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. Using a flaw they’ve found in the iPhone’s handling of text messages, the researchers say they’ll demonstrate how to send a series of mostly invisible SMS bursts that can give a hacker complete power over any of the smart phone’s functions. That includes dialing the phone, visiting Web sites, turning on the device’s camera and microphone and, most importantly, sending more text messages to further propagate a mass-gadget hijacking.

“This is serious. The only thing you can do to prevent it is turn off your phone,” Miller told Forbes. “Someone could pretty quickly take over every iPhone in the world with this.”

This could of course be HUGE problem. Miller and Mulliner both contacted Apple around a month ago about the problem, Yet they received no reply. Starting Thursday, July 30th (Tomorrow) these SMS Messages will most likely be making their way to iPhones across the world. If you get a text message with only a single square character, Your best bet is to turn your phone off while you can.

Hopefully Apple has already started patching this flaw and adding it in the 3.1 Firmware after being notified. Until then, Stay safe iPhone users!

Source: Forbes

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