5-year old SMS security flaw in iOS has finally been discovered... by a hacker
posted by Ray S. / Aug 17, 2012, 9:45 AM
According to pod2g, the right way to implement this feature would be to make both the original and reply-to addresses visible to the recipient of the SMS. This way they will know which number has sent the message, and which number will receive the message once they reply. However, it looks like on the iPhone the user only sees the reply-to number, and they lose track of the original sender's number. This way, pod2g explains, it's very easy for a hacker to pretend that the message is send from a trusted source like your bank, when it actually isn't.
Here's the explanation directly from the horse's mouth:
According to the hacker, this kind of SMS flaw can be used for various bad stuff including someone pretending to be a trusted source, asking you to submit your personal data, or even a spoofed message acting as a false evidence.
Probably the most interesting thing about this whole story is that the flaw has been present ever since the launch of the original iPhone back in 2007, and continues to be around with the latest beta of iOS 6. pod2g presumes that other security researchers, as well as some pirates are also aware of it... which would be strange, because we should have known about this by now, if other security researchers like him were really aware.
source: pod2g's blog
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I thought iOS was security flaw-proof and hacker-proof? WTiF???
posted on Aug 17, 2012, 9:52 AM 38
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like a MAC?
posted on Aug 17, 2012, 10:01 AM 28
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You've been misinformed. Do you know why there aren't any viruses or hacks for Macs? Because a very small percentage of the population actually uses a Mac. Most of the world run PC's. So the people making hacks and viruses, especially those that track information, want to gather that information from mass populations. If suddenly the same amount of Macs start being used as PC's, you'd have the same hacks and viruses in Macs. In short, it's simply not wroth the effort to hack Macs. But if a hacker wants to target someone specific running a Mac, he damn well can. If God himself couldn't sink the Titanic, and an iceberg did, then Macs aren't safe from anything. ...just something to think about.
posted on Aug 17, 2012, 10:46 AM 28
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I believe PAPINYC was being sarcastic, or at least that's how I interpreted it. You are correct in that fewer people use macs, but incorrect believing there isn't ANY malware for them. There's plenty, and more and more each day as more glaring security flaws are expolited in the OS. Windows may have more malware created for it, but it's (Windows 7 and 8, that is, XP and prior are still metaphorical swiss cheese, much like iOS) technicaly more secure and less vulnerable than OS X
posted on Aug 17, 2012, 11:33 AM 4
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you are wrong.... do you know anything about unix and linux?? search about unix(mac osx & ios) and also search about linux(android & ubuntu,etc). Just check this out you will get to know why mac and ios dont get malwares. i dont say that mac dosent get viruses but simple reason is it is very tough to make a virus for mac.
posted on Aug 18, 2012, 6:39 AM 0
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Wait a sec. I did read on BGR last year that Apple security is about a decade behind PC. This is coming from those so called "security experts". But i do believe that they are vunerable to virus' and hacks. It just a matter of time before they become cheaper and mainstream like pc. Then again we are talking about Apple.
posted on Aug 17, 2012, 5:56 PM 0
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"you shouldnt be using SMS anyway" - apple
posted on Aug 17, 2012, 10:31 AM 23
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You should only be exchanging iMessages with other iMessage users. SMS is like un-protected, un-safe sex.
posted on Aug 17, 2012, 11:17 AM 11
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hey droid_x_doug, apple just read your comment and said, "why not do what droid_x_doug is saying?, working for a fix is time consuming. Let's just go with what he said and continue wasting our time suing other company instead of doing a fix!"
posted on Aug 18, 2012, 10:20 PM 0
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lol my 5 year old macbook puts anything that has windows software on it to shame so hate all you want
posted on Aug 17, 2012, 10:32 AM 3
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My dad's 7 year-old Windows XP PC that's currently collecting dust in his basement can still run programs that your Mac only wishes it could.
posted on Aug 17, 2012, 10:46 AM 25
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Still the most powerful,successful and innovative os ever created. Built for the elite.
posted on Aug 17, 2012, 10:34 AM 3
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*downloads Chrome* *wants to set it as a default browser* *....F***!* Well, so much for that.
posted on Aug 17, 2012, 10:48 AM 9
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