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SMS Hack Could Make iPhones Vulnerable

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the up-against-the-wall-and-spread-'em dept.

Cellphones 254

mhx writes "A single character sent by text message could allegedly compromise every iPhone released to date. The technique involves sending only one unusual text character or else a series of 'invisible' messages that confuse the phone and open the door to attack. Apple has not released any updates yet, so little can be done, except to power off your iPhone to avoid being hacked."

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254 comments

Binary Encoded Messages (5, Interesting)

Algorithmn (1601909) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881703)

I saw this one coming. Some cell phones cannot distinguish between a moble provider sending binary encoded XML enabled SMS messages or an attacker through an SMS gateway. Amateur security model/practices.

Re:Binary Encoded Messages (5, Insightful)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881749)

This was detailed a few days ago -- more details on http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9136008/Some_SMS_networks_vulnerable_to_attack [computerworld.com]

How many times it needs to be said.. *never* trust the client.

never trust the client? But but... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28883017)

Tell that to the fanbois who keeps on repeating "but it just works". It's nauseating actually to hear that anymore.

Re:Binary Encoded Messages (4, Informative)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881775)

Apparently it's not just the iPhone affected. FTFA:

The iPhone SMS bug is just one of a series that the researchers plan to reveal in their talk. They say they've also found a similar texting bug in Windows Mobile that allows complete remote control of Microsoft-based devices. Another pair of SMS bugs in the iPhone and Google's Android phones would purportedly allow a hacker to knock a phone off its wireless network for about 10 seconds with a series of text messages. The trick could be repeated again and again to keep the user offline, Miller says. Though Google has patched the Android flaw, this second iPhone bug also remains unpatched, he adds.

Re:Binary Encoded Messages (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882351)

Not all the vulnerabilities are as bad though.

The Iphone can be compromised by SMS.
Windows Phones can be compromised by SMS.
Android Phones can have their wifi knocked out.

Re:Binary Encoded Messages (1)

Algorithmn (1601909) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882767)

You forgot nokia, symbian and all the other SMS stacks out there.

Re:Binary Encoded Messages (1)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883257)

What about the Pre?

Nothing about that in the article.

Re:Binary Encoded Messages (1)

YouWantFriesWithThat (1123591) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882737)

so the bug can knock the user off the wireless network, eh? some sort of denial of service for cell phones? almost like they are being jammed? [dealextreme.com]

Re:Binary Encoded Messages (1)

SkipFrehly (1606577) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883195)

I lost the beeps, I lost the creeps, and I lost the sweeps!

That's the second time in three days that this has been relevant.

LONESTAR!

Re:Binary Encoded Messages (1)

bytethese (1372715) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883407)

The what, what and the what?

Re:Binary Encoded Messages (5, Insightful)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883335)

In other words, Android, the open platform, patched before iPhone, the closed platform.

Yet I still occasionally run into people trying to claim that the iPhone being closed is somehow good, as it's more secure.

Re:Binary Encoded Messages (1)

Sentax (1125511) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882549)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but since the SMS messages have to go through the carrier towers, can't this character be "cleaned" from the message there before it even hits the phone?

Maybe this has what has happened already and all this is just a chicken little story?

Re:Binary Encoded Messages (1)

Algorithmn (1601909) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882811)

Maybe, maybe not. When was the last time you hear a telecommunications company update their software within a reasonable time frame? It would just be easier and cheaper for the phones to get updated. So the phone manufactures will blame the telcoms while the telcoms will blame the manufactures. I can see where this is going...

Re:Binary Encoded Messages (1)

pegdhcp (1158827) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883431)

GSM operators would not give a half portion fart for the solution, as long as the problem does not put their infrastructure in danger. Otherwise we are talking about lots of phones, each sending SMSs to other phones, without knowledge or intervention of the subscriber. It is a dream that come true for operators....

Re:Binary Encoded Messages (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882827)

My understanding is that the character is not at fault. Rather, the display of the character indicates that someone is trying to attack you.

"SMS Hack Could Makes iPhones Vulnerable" (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28881709)

In other news, the same SMS hack can be used to make headlines appear with wrongly used verbs...

App Store (5, Funny)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881725)

Want to pwn every apple smartphone in the world?

There's an app for that.

Re:App Store (3, Insightful)

Bemopolis (698691) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882283)

Well there *will* be, once it gets through the App Store approval process. So, next year.

Re:App Store (4, Insightful)

jDeepbeep (913892) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882765)

So, never.

fixed that for you :D

Beer summit (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882303)

If I were Officer Crowley, I'd politely decline the President's invitation to be used as a political prop. Obama stepped in it on his own, let him try to walk it back on his own like a big boy. I love how the President has such a poor understanding of his own role that he feels the need to interject his own personality onto local law enforcement matters now. Huge ego + rapidly declining cult following + trying to distract from his disaster of a healthcare infomercial = teachable moment about humility for Obama.

LOL, next time I say something to piss off my wife, I'll just tell her that I could have calibrated my words differently and offer her a beer, and everything will be okay. Seriously, who fucking says that? This guy isn't nuanced, he's a fucking robot. "BLEEP BLEEP BLOOP BLOOP I AM OBAMABOT VERSION 0.1. YOU WILL ALL WORSHIP ME NOW."

Re:Beer summit (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882439)

I'd like to smoke a joint or have a beer with Barack Obama.

If he did something really rude that offended me, I think that a beer in the White House would be a pretty good way of making up for it.

I get the feeling that most people would rather not have a beer with you.

Re:Beer summit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882953)

You would be wrong then, sir. Most people are glad to have a beer for me, since I am actually interested in talking to them instead of using them as a political prop when we go out for beers.

Re:Beer summit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28883113)

Do you wear a disguise when you go out for beer, so you can do that as an anonymous coward too?

Good (-1, Offtopic)

bbhorrigan (1593919) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881753)

Maybe they will crash enough Iphones so that people can start to utilize 3g without being bogged down by all those Iphone users, especially in the western part of the country!

Re:Good (2, Interesting)

psychokitten (819123) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881941)

Funny how you mention that since just the other day at work we were noticing how my Edge connection on T-Mobile is faster than a co-worker's 3G AT&T connection was.

Re:Good (1)

paimin (656338) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882407)

Let me guess, San Francisco?

Re:Good (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882015)

This post highlights all that is wrong with cell networks, the entire point of AT&T should be to put up more towers and give you faster speed. However, that is not the case.

Re:Good (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882155)

But that means that the iPhone users should be bogging down iPhone users too, so the network should be working fine for everybody.

Yeah, that's the ticket!

Re:Good (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882229)

So by "the country" do you mean Ireland? Because they have great reception in Western Ireland....

Re:Good (1)

mini me (132455) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882379)

I'm pretty sure he means Canada, and he is just upset that Rogers new 20Mbps 3G network isn't supported by his iPhone.

Text character? (4, Funny)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881779)

The technique involves sending only one unusual text character

Let me guess: "Q". Damned "Q".

Re:Text character? (2, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881987)

I guess he got bored of annoying only a handful of starship captains.

Re:Text character? (4, Funny)

viking099 (70446) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882003)

Thanks a lot ass^7'89-NO CARRIER

Re:Text character? (4, Interesting)

MaerD (954222) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882647)

This reminds me of the days when on a BBS a badly calibrated modem would actually hang up if someone put +++ATH0 in the message. *sigh* I feel so old.

Read about this yesterday (4, Informative)

DigitalSorceress (156609) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881789)

FYI: It's not that one character can break your iPhone, it's about 512 text messages sent at your phone, causing certain buffer overflows. The proof on concept ended up where the slew of messages (apparently arrived at originally by fuzzing) winds up only showing one visible character (appears as a box).

The author said that it could probably be refined so that it wouldn't send anything that would show up.

500 or so un-seen text messages, and you're iPwned.

Gotta love the Black Hat Briefings.

Re:Read about this yesterday (3, Funny)

emag (4640) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882983)

500?! Egads, that's gonna cost a _fortune_ at today's txting rates!

Re:Read about this yesterday (2, Funny)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883297)

unless you have an unlimited plan.

Re:Read about this yesterday (1)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883379)

Say I don't have an unlimited plan (which nearly everyone does, but..)

SMS costs £0.04 on average. Let's say you're on a really expensive pay as you talk plan and it costs 3 times that.. so £0.12.

£60

Hardly a 'fortune' if you're planning to take out a phone anyway.. and unlimited plans on pay as you talk cost far less than that anyway so you'd never pay that even in the worst case.

FUD (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28881797)

Stop spreading this FUD

Is this why they were distracting us yesterday? (4, Interesting)

amcdiarmid (856796) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881801)

As I recall Apple (DRM) was stating that jailbreaking cellphones was something to be done by terrorists who want to destroy cellphone infrastructure.

Interesting that a SMS message can destroy apples;)

Re:Is this why they were distracting us yesterday? (5, Insightful)

DigitalSorceress (156609) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881937)

Actually, that's exactly what I was thinking.

Once you've taken over someone's iPhone in this manner, it seems to me you've got more power to use the thing than the original owner had (unless they had Jailbroken their phone already).

Interestingly enough, this vulnerability is in the factory-spec iPhone - it doesn't require it to have been jailbroken.

So, yeah, Apple claims they're jailing your phone to protect you from bad guys and to protect the infrastructure from you, but this goes to prove that the only thing they're protecting are their (and AT&T's) pockets.

All this from a company where the CEO's liver is replaceable, but the battery in your phone or laptop is not.

~ducking~

Re:Is this why they were distracting us yesterday? (5, Funny)

Bemopolis (698691) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882373)

All this from a company where the CEO's liver is replaceable, but the battery in your phone or laptop is not.

The battery in the iPhone and laptop are replaceable, just not by the owner. This was also the case for Steve's liver. JOKE FAIL.
<\memekiller>

Re:Is this why they were distracting us yesterday? (2, Funny)

machine321 (458769) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882649)

The battery in the iPhone and laptop are replaceable, just not by the owner. This was also the case for Steve's liver. JOKE FAIL.

A sufficiently experienced user can replace his liver; I'll bet Steve Wozniak could do it.

Re:Is this why they were distracting us yesterday? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28883039)

The battery in the iPhone and laptop are replaceable, just not by the owner. This was also the case for Steve's liver. JOKE FAIL.

A sufficiently experienced user can replace his liver; I'll bet Steve Wozniak could do it.

Yeah, but it would void his warranty

Re:Is this why they were distracting us yesterday? (1)

chord.wav (599850) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882923)

Aside of the stupid joke about a man's health. I agree with everything.

Re:Is this why they were distracting us yesterday? (0, Offtopic)

plastick (1607981) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882187)

I was thinking the same thing myself!

Lots can be done... (3, Interesting)

John Whitley (6067) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881857)

So little can be done, except power off your iPhone to avoid being hacked

Little can be done... except block such messages entirely at the provider level. When the attack vector is clearly defined, it's easy to scan for it.

Re:Lots can be done... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882195)

Little can be done... except block such messages entirely at the provider level. When the attack vector is clearly defined, it's easy to scan for it.

Or, maybe the iphone SHOULDN'T EXECUTE UNTRUSTED UNSIGNED UNAUTHENTICATED CODE THAT ARRIVES BY SMS.

Or maybe google will use this flaw to deploy google voice onto iphones now that apple banned them.

Isn't it sad that EVERYONE ELSE has more control over the iphone than fanboi who bought it.

Re:Lots can be done... (1)

Fnord666 (889225) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882369)

Little can be done... except block such messages entirely at the provider level. When the attack vector is clearly defined, it's easy to scan for it.

Except that since the carrier gets $0.15 per msg here in the good old US, they have no incentive to block these messages. In fact, many of them have insisted that they have no ability at all to identify and block individual messages.

Re:Lots can be done... (1)

Sinning (1433953) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882845)

Actually, on AT&T, it is $0.20 per txt msg.

Re:Lots can be done... (4, Interesting)

FelxH (1416581) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882787)

According to the previous article [blackhat.com] , they have found a way to send sms messages without any provider: "This method does not use the carrier and so is free (and invisible to the carrier)". So blocking at the provider level won't work unfortunately

Re:Lots can be done... (2, Informative)

rsmith-mac (639075) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882839)

That makes absolutely no damned sense. At some point it has to hit the carrier's network, otherwise the phone can't receive it in the first place.

Right-click, wha? (5, Funny)

johnthorensen (539527) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881861)

Apparently Apple was going to require *two* unusual text characters for the iPwn hack, but Steve Jobs insisted that this would be too complicated for their users.

Re:Right-click, wha? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882525)

1984 called. They wanted their joke back.

Re:Right-click, wha? (5, Funny)

johnthorensen (539527) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882915)

Well the jerk store called, and they're running out of...[iPhone Restarting]

Weird article. (1, Interesting)

sootman (158191) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881907)

Gotta love the way things get prioritized to create an attention-grabbing headline.

"Though Miller and Mulliner say they notified Apple about the vulnerability more than a month ago, the company hasn't released a patch..."

OMG, ONE WHOLE MONTH! Oh, and by the way, "...in the last 18 months, cybercriminals have begun using text messages to send links to malicious Web sites that infect the phone with malware, says Mikko Hyppönen, an F-Secure researcher. One seemingly-Chinese variant, known as 'Sexy View' and currently targeting the Symbian operating system, is far more threatening than an iPhone attack, given that around 50% of cellphones use Symbian, [emphasis added] Hyppönen says."

Miller also says "Texting applications' insecurity isn't due to the software's complexity so much as the security community's inattention and the expense of sending thousands of text messages to test a phone's security..."--um, I have an unlimited texting plan (AT&T, USA) and it's... well, I forget how much, but it's not a lot.

That said, a) it shouldn't be that hard to lock down an app whose main job is to send, receive, and display TEXT, and 2) because of that, I hope Apple issues a fix for this soon.

Re:Weird article. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882467)

This is remote code execution and extremely serious. The headline is understated for the possible severity of the impact. In other words: if Microsoft had the dominant smartphone on the market with the image the iPhone has, you know this crowd would be screaming bloody murder and piecing together fallacy-ridden freshman-level rants on monopolies.

Re:Weird article. (1)

nxtw (866177) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882705)

is far more threatening than an iPhone attack, given that around 50% of cellphones use Symbian

Symbian's marketshare is much lower in the United States. Also, Symbian's almost-50% marketshare is in the smartphone market, not in the overall cellphone market.

Re:Weird article. (1)

Tony Hoyle (11698) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883409)

It's much higher in the cellphone market. Can't remember when I last saw a non-smartphone that wasn't some brand of Nokia.

In other news... (5, Funny)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881915)

...sex offenders start a mass SMS-sending campaign...

Re:In other news... (4, Funny)

jmahler (192217) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882273)

i see what you did there. Awesome. :)

Mod funny please.

Re:In other news... (4, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882371)

Mods: I think he was referring to the parent above him for the "mod funny" comment.

Re:In other news... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882755)

Mod parent funny!

Re:In other news... (4, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882831)

Mods are on crack today!

Mod parent funny!

Re:In other news... (1, Funny)

sammyF70 (1154563) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883025)

mod me and my wife funny!

Re:In other news... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28883293)

I modded your wife alright.

Re:In other news... (2, Insightful)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883421)

The parent wasn't trying to be funny, please mod Insightful.

That's okay. (5, Funny)

FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881923)

No one ever sends me SMS messages, so I'd be flattered they noticed me if I was hacked. So lonely...

Re:That's okay. (2, Insightful)

josh61980 (1025498) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882847)

Does someone need a hug?

The series of invisible characters (4, Funny)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881971)

It is here:

Re:The series of invisible characters (1)

Tator Tot (1324235) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882413)

I don't your characters. Can you post again?

Re:The series of invisible characters (1)

machine321 (458769) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882671)

Dammit, I was reading that, and my iPhone crashed.

Well... (2, Insightful)

dburkland (1526971) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881981)

Being an iPhone owner it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing my $300 phone that is so much better than the rest can be brought to its knees by an SMS message. GG Apple.

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882159)

a) your iPhone probably cost much more than $300, but AT&T amortized the cost into your plan
2) there are better phones depending on what you want to do with them
d) a $2 hammer or a free rock will also ruin your iPhone

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882569)

stop stealing my rocks!

Won't someone think of the cell phone towers? (4, Insightful)

transporter_ii (986545) | more than 4 years ago | (#28881999)

If this hack lets unapproved apps run, then what's going to keep the cell towers from being shut down on a massive scale? Doesn't this make Apple guilty of harming national security?

Why worry? (5, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882005)

I, for on am not concrnd. It's simply a mattr of not snding that charactr. Crtainly, a company lik Appl can hav it xcludd from th alphabt. And thn w can just gt on with our livs, njoying our iPhons.

Re:Why worry? (2, Funny)

Midgarn (1447063) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882255)

I, for on am not concrnd. It's simply a mattr of not snding that charactr. Crtainly, a company lik Appl can hav it xcludd from th alphabt. And thn w can just gt on with our livs, njoying our iPhons.

What happns whn th hackrs dcid to switch to a diffrnt charactr? How will Appl rspond thn?

I, fr n am nt cncrnd. It's simply a mattr f nt snding that charactr. Crtainly, a cmpany lik Appl can hav it xcludd frm th alphabt. And thn w can just gt n with ur livs, njying ur iPhns.

What happns whn th hackrs dcid t switch t a diffrnt charactr? Hw will Appl rspnd thn?

h.

Re:Why worry? (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882885)

What happns whn th hackrs dcid to switch to a diffrnt charactr? How will Appl rspond thn?

'' guss Appl wll rally b fuckd f ts th '' n ''Phon.

Re:Why worry? (2, Funny)

D Ninja (825055) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883051)

What happns whn th hackrs dcid to switch to a diffrnt charactr? How will Appl rspond thn?

ppl will kp rmving chrctrs frm th lphbt. Thy r ppl. Thy cn d whtvr thy wnt.

Re:Why worry? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882727)

ts not 'e' that's making apple worred

the char to exclude s wll just allow them to enjoy ther phone and pod's and get on with ther lfe.

Re:Why worry? (1)

Ragzouken (943900) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883417)

makng

Instead of rock - paper - scissors... (1)

Zantac69 (1331461) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882101)

we have SMS - MMS - iPhone:
MMS beats SMS
iPhone beats MMS (on AT&T anyway)
SMS beats iPhone

Now we just have to figure out the equivalnets to Lizard and Spock - Android and WM6.5? :shrug:

The Secret string is: (5, Funny)

spydum (828400) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882149)

+++ATH0

Re:The Secret string is: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882975)

I don't know what you're talking about! Viewing this on my iPhone doesn't cause any p... NO CARRIER

Sigh.

AOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882431)

We used to do this with AOL all the time. I dont recall what character it was but when sent through IM it used to crash AOL. Once that issue was fixed someone figured out that by IM bombimg someone with massive amounts of IM's it would also cause AOL to crash.... same idea being used with SMS now

It's a good thing more people don't jailbreak (1, Funny)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882443)

If there were more jail-broken phones, hackers could get into your phone without even doing anything at all. That's how much less secure the iPhone would be if they allowed jail-breaking.

Umm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882513)

Is there a good reason why AT&T or any cellular provider should allow 500 or more SMS messages to be sent instantaneously?

Good god, have they not heard of throttling?

Re:Umm (1)

Sl4shd0t0rg (810273) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882979)

Actually, they do throttle. I had a script that would send me a text alert if a particular event happened. I had botched someting in the event detection piece and I started getting slammed with texts. However, AT&T started throttling my messages and they started to queue on my mail server. I killed the script and flushed the queue and things calmed down. I think it was only allowing 20 or so at a time to come through. I can also tell you my iphone slowed to a crawl when just those batches of 20 came in all at once. I don't know how they can pass 500 at once on the live SMS network.

Here's what to do (5, Funny)

yellowstone (62484) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882563)

If you survive the initial peril (the next thirty hours or so), then there are obvious procedures that can give relative safety: Do not accept High Beyond protocol packets. At the very least, route all communications through Middle Beyond sites, with translation down to, and then up from, local trade languages.

Re:Here's what to do (1)

Medieval_Gnome (250212) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882659)

I get the reference, and I can't praise that book highly enough.

missing infomation (1)

mcfedr (1081629) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882605)

so what do i send to my "friends" ;) ?

Proverbial wisdom strikes again (1)

GMFTatsujin (239569) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882779)

So, one rotten character is spoiling the bunch, then?

The iPhone (1)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882849)

"Ha ha ha ha ha. Ha."

No, I'm not a fan.

All your Iphones (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28882853)

All your Iphones are belong to us...

As Per (2, Insightful)

His Shadow (689816) | more than 4 years ago | (#28882937)

The SMS hack affects many phones and many systems. Nothing in the wild, no plague of users infected or crashed or harmed. But let's run it as if the iPhone is the only one infected, and Apple somehow is a laggard for not releasing a patch. Then later, we'll talk about whether the problem is universal.

So, is the iPhone the only phone that matters, or is it just too hard for submitter NOT to use Apple and the iPhone to get attention?

SMS is a rip... (1)

dasunst3r (947970) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883019)

Do I want to pay 15 cents for a message embedded in a control message? No, thanks! My BlackBerry's firewall is on to block SMS and MMS, and I have SMS messages blocked on T-Mobile. Now try to hack my BlackBerry!

AT&T Cell Towers shake in fear (1)

wardk (3037) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883063)

I imagine the fragile AT&T cell towers could also be brought down by this? I am sure it's exponentially more dangerous than the google phone app.

Threat to cell phone towers (1)

future assassin (639396) | more than 4 years ago | (#28883357)

Soo the iPhone is a threat to cell phone towers?
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