App Store / iOS Code Signing Security Flaw [Video]

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
By OP Editor

Proof of concept demo of iOS security hole by security expert Charlie Miller.

Apple iPhone iOS remote arbitrary code execution security hole

Video: Remote Arbitrary Code Execution Hole

Forbes reports security expert Charlie Miller demonstrates how to run unsigned code on iPhone. The newly discovered security hole let him bypass iPhone / App Store code signing, and allows rogue app developer to download code from remote servers.

At the SysCan conference in Taiwan next week, Miller plans to present his newly discovered method.

Apple iOS vs. Google Android Security

5 months ago, security researcher Jon Oberheide already demonstrated how to build an Android mobile botnet using holes in Google’s Android software.

What does it mean?

  • The iOS security exploit is not revealed at this time. No malware developer can use it.
  • Using Angry Birds is a bad example, because major developers won’t risk being banned to sneak in malicious code.
  • All jailbreaks are essentially using some kind of exploit like this. The thing is, jailbreak community use it for good since introduction of iPhone in 2007.
  • Could be used for jailbreak iOS 5.

So iOS is temporary down to the security level of Android, but with major differences:

  • Apple App Store will filter out new apps attempting to use this hole, starting NOW. In contrast, Android’s open wasteland does not filter malicious apps until it’s too late. Android has already suffered from waves of phishing and other malicious software.
  • Apple will patch the hole in all iOS devices for good in a few weeks, while Android users are stuck with their fragmented and insecure devices possibly forever.

Charlie Miller’s developer account is already suspended and the demo app removed from the Apple App Store.


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Tags: Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Security, Video

2 Responses to “App Store / iOS Code Signing Security Flaw [Video]”

  1. Don

    I’ve seen Frandroids already bragging and putting iOS down, but I love to see them now, now that their beloved OS has lost their precious piece of trash known as Flash now that Adobe has decided to cease work on the mobile version?


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