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iPhone SMS security bug still present

updated 10:00 pm EDT, Mon October 6, 2008

iPhone SMS security bug

After being slammed by numerous security interests, it appears that the emergency all feature on the iPhone still allows users to compromise the security of text messages sent to the device. Blogger Karl Kraft recently discovered, through his 12-year old son, that if the device is placed in emergency call mode, full text messages are viewable, even when SMS preview is turned off. Kraft notes that the issue exists all the way up to firmware v2.1 (5F136), under the bug ID 6267416.

Apple recently unveiled three iPhone v2.0 patches, all of which claimed to resolve all outstanding issues with the device, but still some users are concerned that most issues were not properly addressed.




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  1. BDLatimer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    "still present"??

    What a disingenuous article title. It makes it sound like this was reported eons ago, and despite Apple indicating that "all outstanding issues" (uh, show me where that's stated) have been addressed, this one was dubiously omitted.

    The reality is, this was just discovered by Karl (& his son) on Friday, 3 Oct, and reported then. Exactly how Apple was supposed to have fixed such a bug before they were aware of it, is a bit unclear…

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: 'still'

    Well, for one, how do you know he 'just' found it. Maybe he's just reporting it.

    Two, if he just found it, shouldn't you be slamming him for not keeping this quiet until apple fixes it?

  1. jhawk95

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Phone is in Spanish

    Why is this iPhone in Spanish mode. Is Karl Kraft a Spaniard?

    Look at the emergency mode screen, it says Llamada SOS. Maybe this only happens when another language is chosen for the phone's interface.

    Show this to us again when put into English Emergency Call Mode.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: spanish

    And how is the language important? Does a security issue not matter if it doesn't affect the American/English iPhone?

  1. jhawk95

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Testicular....

    I mean Testudo.... my point is that why is he doing his search for security issues and posting his findings in Spanish?

    It leads me to think that this might be a false report or that he is using development screens to arrive at his desired result and that this does not really occur on iPhones in the wild.

  1. israelnyc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    @jhawk95

    I hate to break it to you but when you enter Emergency Call mode, the title 'Emergency Call' is automatically displayed in many languages scrolling at about a 1 second interval.

    He could have captured when it was displaying it in Spanish.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    jhawk

    Why not just test it out to see?

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