Jailbroken iPhones Send Push Notifications to Random Strangers?

Posted July 21, 2009 at 11:39am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 10623 views

Certain jailbroken iPhones may be sending your push notifications to complete strangers, says Till Schadde, founder of Equinux.

According to a Tech Crunch report, Schadde has discovered a bug that sends your AIM messages to random recipients without your knowledge or consent. The problem only seems to occur with jailbroken devices.

Schadde was sending a message from his desktop to his iPhone when he received a message back from a complete stranger. The recipient also forwarded him a screenshot of the notification he received.

On his Twitter feed Schadde posts that, there seems to be a brand new hack that reactivates push with the effect that received msg are broadcasted to strangers

We are looking into this matter and will post more information once it becomes available. If you have experienced this or know of a fix please share it in the comments.

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Howard - July 22, 2009 at 2:32pm
This happens from time to time, yes! And I guess this is also why I sometimes don\'t get push notifications ment for me either, cause they\'re sent off to someone else...right? =/
Push - August 6, 2009 at 5:01pm
Ok... I\'m having this problem too and it\'s happening on all of my chatting apps that stay logged in when I don\'t have the program open. One thing that is happening to me that I haven\'t seen anyone really mention is that I\'m not actually getting any of my own push notifications and just other peoples... (actually... as I\'m writing this I got the first one ever meant just for me) I\'d like to know more about how the identifiers work... It would seem to me that the phone\'s unique id (IEMI) would be recognized by there server and that\'s the identifier. I\'m probably wrong however... I\'m on tmobile and it looks like I sometimes get push notifications for me (mostly never) and I frequently get other peoples notifications. It definitely has to be a problem with \"Push Fix\" because it\'s happening across all apps with push notification If there is one \"identifier\" that is on 1000 different phones... your push notifications are liable to go ANYWHERE!
Ely - July 22, 2009 at 1:46pm
I had the same problem, does anyone know how to fixed?
DIEGO RA - July 22, 2009 at 12:29am
I use +IM //That hapenned to me like 10 times, its say xxxxxx@xxx.com and the message. i dont know who\'s the user of the message i got.. __________________ Iphone 2g Jailbreaked
James - July 21, 2009 at 8:47pm
Does this affect 3GS phones or only the 2g phones?
Sergio del Amo - July 21, 2009 at 8:32pm
I\'m on a 3g jailbroken iPhone with os 3.0 and push fix installed. I don\'t know if my messages have been pushed to other users, but i\'m getting random notifications from somebody I don\'t know. They only fact I can throw here is that the notifications are always from the same user and come from IM+3
m_thoroughbred - July 22, 2009 at 7:26pm
Dev team hackers trying to get jailbroken, alternatively activated phones to work with PNS allegedly made the mistake of adding an existing certificate to \"fix\" the problem. The hack simply identifies the new jailbroken phone to Apple as another phone that already exists, enabling messages to be sent to the wrong device. Users who don\'t jailbreak their iPhone won\'t experience any problems with messages being broadcast to random other users. But those who tamper with the iPhone\'s security system will have to figure out how to generate SSL authentication keys appropriately to enable the phone to work with PNS messages correctly.
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