At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, an iPhone security flaw has come to light. The iPhone security flaw--which exploits a weakness in SMS text messaging to take control of the device--appears real, but will probably be addressed before it becomes a serious issue.The truth is that there are millions of iPhones in use today, and while many have been jailbroken, I am unaware of a single report of someone having their phone hacked in the wild. Of course, this might change now that the cat is out of the bag, but I wouldn’t lose any sleep until there are reports of iPhones actually being exploited.
The truth is that there are millions of iPhones in use today, and while many have been jailbroken, I am unaware of a single report of someone having their phone hacked in the wild.
I seem to remember iphone hacking people's units themselves with an undisclosed "back door", much like Amazon did with Kindle devices. Since Amazon was sued and class action status is requested on that I wonder if I can get apple to patch the back door off my phone too? I mean, it would "fix a vulnerability" afterall.
It's interesting that a writer for PC World would leave off this important fact - the vulnerability is not unique to the iPhone:
Researchers Charlie Miller and Colin Mulliner revealed the flaw during a presentation at the Black Hat USA 2009 conference in Las Vegas. The vulnerability was demonstrated on iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile smartphones and, according to reports, can be prevented only by turning the handset off.