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Hackers to Reveal iPhone Security Hole Thursday

Earlier this month we learned about a critical security flaw has been found in the SMS system for the iPhone that could remotely crash the device with a single text message.

It's believed that the security hole could pave the way for an attacker to run malicious code on the iPhone that would allow it to access the GPS, microphone or internet connection.

The security bug is unusual for the iPhone as most applications on the device run inside their own sandboxes, which should restrict them from tapping into portions of the device that it shouldn't be accessible. But for one reason or another, the SMS function isn't as protected and could give an attacker root access.

The security experts have already shared their findings with Apple, but the company has yet to release a patch or even indicate that a patch is on the way.

Whether Apple is ready or not, Mac OS X security experts Charlie Miller and Colin Mulliner plan to reveal the security hole plan on Thursday at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas.

If Apple doesn't release a patch soon, iPhone users should be on guard against receiving a text message containing a single square character.

"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."

Stay tuned for an update tomorrow.

  • Greg_77
    So, basically, connecting the various articles on this website- we will be nuclear bombed by jailbroken Iphones that recieve a "square" character as a text message? Is this Foxconn's master plan? Conspiracies!!! Jk
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  • Hanin33
    as i said in another article:

    the chickens are coming home to roost, bobby boucher!
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  • If Apple's abuse as of late to its brainwashed never questioning fanboys fails to make you avoid Apple's overpriced and overrated products. Maybe this will. Good thing hardly no exploits Apple's software.
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  • grieve
    Greg_77So, basically, connecting the various articles on this website- we will be nuclear bombed by jailbroken Iphones that recieve a "square" character as a text message? Is this Foxconn's master plan? Conspiracies!!! Jk
    AS a result, Steve jobs commits suicide!
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  • Shnur
    Greg_77So, basically, connecting the various articles on this website- we will be nuclear bombed by jailbroken Iphones that recieve a "square" character as a text message? Is this Foxconn's master plan? Conspiracies!!! Jk
    Awesome!!! +10 for the idea
    haha
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  • Time to look up the recipe for Chicken Fricassee ... I'm sorry Dave i can't let you do that.
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  • No no nuclear nuclear bombarded. That's a super nuke!
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  • tenor77
    In Russia, iPhone crashes you!
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  • matt87_50
    "The security bug is unusual for the iPhone as most applications on the device run inside their own sandboxes, which should restrict them from tapping into portions of the device that it shouldn't be accessible"

    bahahaha, there are ppl who still believe that apple products never get viruses because apple are just super awesome Gods of security? it doesn't matter how awesome your security is, if someone REALLY WANTS to hack it, they will find a way, and THAT is what has protected apple, no one REALLY WANTS to hack there stuff cause it wasn't popular enough. well... now it is.
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  • tektek2000
    So apples OSX is virus safe (per apple ads).. but its Iphone isnt? what am i thinking.. no way IPHONE run PC based software?

    I'm a PC.. i'm not safe
    I'm a MAC.. i never have problems
    I'm an IPHONE.. running vista?
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