Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 04:19 PM | Posted by beantownbandit
CNET has reported recently on a vulnerability of the iPhone demonstrated by researchers at the Black Hat security conference last Wednesday. Evidently, an individual who is so inclined can take complete control of a device remotely via an SMS message.
A ‘hacker’ could use the special message to steal data, make calls and send text messages as well as perform any task the phone normally does. Charlie Miller, senior security researcher at Independent Security Evaluators explains that he was able to exploit a memory corruption bug related to the way the device processes SMS messages.
In the past, iPhone infiltrations required the iPhone user visit specific malignant web sites. Miller explains that rebooting an iPhone would stop “all but the most sophisticated attacker” from taking control of a device with this new method.