Much like penicillin, vulcanized rubber, and the corn flake, a new iOS 8 security flaw has been discovered almost entirely by accident. Researchers from security firm Skycure -- speaking at this week's RSA conference -- told an audience of stunned bloggers how things "just so happened."
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wrap their phones in tinfoil.
Today's humble blogwatcher is Stephen Glasskeys.
We find Fred O'Connor constructing a Faraday cage:
A flaw in iOS 8 would allow attackers to render devices running the...OS useless if they're within range of a fake wireless hotspot, according to researchers from security firm Skycure. MORE
Dan Moren's phone does any ol' thing it feels like:
While it might seem like the simple answer here is not to connect to unknown Wi-Fi access points...researchers found a way to exploit the vulnerability without users explicitly telling their devices to join a network. MORE
Max Eddy current-ly uses an old router: [You're fired -Ed.]
Skycure CEO Adi Sharabani explained [it all] began when Skycure researchers bought a router and were messing with [its] settings. In doing so, they discovered a particular configuration that caused apps in iPhones connected to that router to crash whenever they launched. MORE
Strong with the light side of the Force, Lindsey Caldwell is:
Skycure isn't releasing much in the way of technical information about how to create such a rogue Wi-Fi signal, else the technique be used by darkside forces.
Here's a clip from Skycure of the bug in action. MORE
Meanwhile, Cornelius Rahn reads from The Sacred Scrolls:
With Apple keeping tight control over its [OS] code and the applications that may run on it, attackers targeting mobile devices have concentrated on Google's Android platform. ... [This] bug shows that attackers occasionally get the opportunity to damage Apple customers as well. MORE
A better cover of a Cole Swindell song than Cole Swindell's original
Warning: NSFW language in final 45 seconds
[Shamelessly added by Richi; hat tip: Richard "Game Whisperer" Bliss]
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