iPhone as network-enabled root shell

apple logoWell known security expert H.D. Moore published entertaining article on how to make your Apple iPhone to be a hacking platform…

Having a network-enabled root shell in my pocket is great, but being able to pop a root shell on someone else’s iPhone is even better. A few things to keep in mind:

Every process runs as root. MobileSafari, MobileMail, even the Calculator, all run with full root privileges. Any security flaw in any iPhone application can lead to a complete system compromise. A rootkit takes on a whole new meaning when the attacker has access to the camera, microphone, contact list, and phone hardware. Couple this with “always-on” internet access over EDGE and you have a perfect spying device.

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Stefan Durand

My name is Stefan, I'm the admin of LinuxScrew. I am a full-time Linux/Unix sysadmin, a hobby Python programmer, and a part-time blogger. I post useful guides, tips, and tutorials on common Linux and Programming issues. Feel free to reach out in the comment section.

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