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Your iPhone Can Be Hacked With a Malicious Charger

Your iPhone Can Be Hacked With a Malicious Charger

Posted June 3, 2013 at 2:39pm by iClarified
Security researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology are presenting a method of injecting arbitrary software into the iPhone using a malicious charger at Black Hat USA 2013.

The team says that the results of its research are alarming. "Despite the plethora of defense mechanisms in iOS, we successfully injected arbitrary software into current-generation Apple devices running the latest operating system (OS) software. All users are affected, as our approach requires neither a jailbroken device nor user interaction."

In this presentation, we demonstrate how an iOS device can be compromised within one minute of being plugged into a malicious charger. We first examine Apple’s existing security mechanisms to protect against arbitrary software installation, then describe how USB capabilities can be leveraged to bypass these defense mechanisms. To ensure persistence of the resulting infection, we show how an attacker can hide their software in the same way Apple hides its own built-in applications.


Their malicious charger has been dubbed 'Mactans' and was built using a BeagleBoard.

This hardware was selected to demonstrate the ease with which innocent-looking, malicious USB chargers can be constructed. While Mactans was built with limited amount of time and a small budget, we also briefly consider what more motivated, well-funded adversaries could accomplish.

The researchers will also present on ways that users can protect themselves from the attack and suggest security measures Apple could implement to make the attack more difficult.

Read More [via Forbes] [via Tzvi]



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bill
bill - June 4, 2013 at 6:00am
The easiest way to avoid this problem is simply stop charging your iphone. Follow my advice and i give you a 100% garantee that this will NOT happen to you.
ítene
ítene - June 4, 2013 at 4:58am
I am hacked by the charger, not the iphone.
Beep beep Bloop Beep
Beep beep Bloop Beep - June 4, 2013 at 2:42am
Lawl, I love a good story about apple shit getting raped.
Nitro Junkie
Nitro Junkie - June 3, 2013 at 9:08pm
This is one reason I personally buy chargers and accessories straight from apple. Too much crap going around.
dsa
dsa - June 3, 2013 at 8:39pm
gotta love how the same thing is said five fcking times in different paragraphs hire an editor, iC
Bugged Out
Bugged Out - June 3, 2013 at 7:56pm
New JB method? No. This requires a hardware hack do it's like a tethered JB.
Pigstacho
Pigstacho - June 3, 2013 at 7:09pm
Isn't security one of the big advantages of IOS over android according to apple?
Mas
Mas - June 3, 2013 at 10:56pm
You're thinking about Apple COMPUTERS and not mobile phones. Phones don't have "as much" issues with hacks as computers do.
Jack Black
Jack Black - June 3, 2013 at 11:48pm
No you are wrong... 0 days for iOS sell 250k and up. You can sell a android 0day for about 10k. Why because iOS is much more secure than android... Even as a phone
Jack Black
Jack Black - June 3, 2013 at 11:48pm
No you are wrong... 0 days for iOS sell 250k and up. You can sell a android 0day for about 10k. Why because iOS is much more secure than android... Even as a phone
Bigsim
Bigsim - June 3, 2013 at 3:05pm
Why not make an anti-malware program for IOS? This gives protection for concerned users, and leaves door open for JB community. win-win?
Anonymous
Anonymous - June 3, 2013 at 3:34pm
This is true,if you cared about your phone
Ensup
Ensup - June 3, 2013 at 2:50pm
New Jailbreak!
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