[AI] iPhone, Apple PCs vulnerable to hackers-consultant
Rakesh Kumar Gupta
rkgd1964 at yahoo.co.in
Tue Jul 24 18:18:39 EDT 2007
iPhone, Apple PCs vulnerable to hackers-consultant
Tuesday July 24, 10:20 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The iPhone and Apple Inc.'s desktop computers may be
vulnerable to hackers due to a flaw in their Web browser, according to a
firm, which said it found a way to hack into the iPhone.
Baltimore-based Independent Security Evaluators, which tests its clients'
computer security by hacking it, said on Monday that three employees found a
to take control of iPhones through a Wi-Fi link or by tricking users into
going to a Web site.
Charles Miller, principal security analyst at the firm, said a security
weakness allows someone to take control of Apple's Safari Web browser and
applications on the device at the same time, which could potentially make
users of Macintosh desktop computers vulnerable to attacks.
"The same problem actually exists on Apple's desktops," said Miller. But he
added that while his firm had identified the risk for both desktops and
it had written only the code necessary to hack into the iPhone.
The security consultants, who took about a week and a half to work out the
move, said they were able to take control of an iPhone and make calls or
text messages, as well as access e-mails, voice-mail, address books and call
and Web browsing history.
Miller said his company gave details about the hack and a potential security
patch to Apple, but did not publicly release the details.
"We're looking into the report submitted by (Integrated Security Evaluators)
and we always welcome feedback on how to improve our security," Apple
Lynn Fox said.
Miller said Apple could have avoided the risk by eliminating links between
the browser and other applications.
"It turns out that on the iPhone there are probably some basic things they
could have done that would have made it better," said Miller.
The claim comes more than three weeks after Apple and AT&T Inc. started
selling Apple's first cell phone, which includes a music and video player as
as a Web browser.
As many as 700,000 iPhones were sold on the first weekend after the June 29
launch, according to analyst estimates.
Days after launch, a well-known hacker Jon Johansen, claimed to have
overcome restrictions on the iPhone, allowing highly technical users to
network to use the phone's Internet and music features.
While cell phones have not historically been as vulnerable to attack as
desktop computers, some experts worry that phones take on greater risks as
add more computer-like features.
Miller said he had not looked into security on other mobile phones to see
how they compare to the iPhone, but said the more complex a system is, the
the likelihood is that it will have problems.
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