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Charlie Miller Circumvents Code Signing For iOS Apps 172

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-can-trust-us dept.
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "At the SysCan conference in Taiwan next week, Charlie Miller plans to present a method that exploits a flaw in Apple's restrictions on code signing on iOS devices, the security measure that allows only Apple-approved commands to run in an iPhone's or iPad's memory. Using his method, an app can phone home to a remote computer that downloads new unapproved commands onto the device and executes them at will, including stealing the user's photos, reading contacts, making the phone vibrate or play sounds, or otherwise using iOS app functions for malicious ends. Miller created a proof-of-concept app called Instastock that appears to show stock tickers but actually runs commands from his server, and even got it approved by Apple's App Store." Update: 11/08 02:54 GMT by U L : Not unexpectedly, Apple revoked Miller's developer license.
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Charlie Miller Circumvents Code Signing For iOS Apps

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  • Except, it gives a false sense of security. With Android (or PC) apps, I know that there's a risk of malware, so I'm cautious. With iOS - well, I don't have one, but I imagine there are lot of people who think "it *can't* have malware, Apple checks everything!" and therefore completley trust anything in the app store.

    The purpose of work like this is to demonstrate that Apple has misled those people; you can't simply trust everything. The only thing worse than an obviously untrustworthy app source is an untrustworthy app source that *appears* to be trustworthy.

  • by macs4all (973270) on Tuesday November 08, 2011 @01:51AM (#37982578)

    Did or did you not notice that the whole point of what Charlie Miller did was that the sandbox was breached, despite ASLR, and he was able to do it from an app allowed into the walled "solution"?

    Please explain how an app store that is unable to detect malware but *claims* to be inherently secure is actually more secure? If anything, I see it as the opposite - it will delude people (like yourself) into thinking it's safe, when it's actually not. Android, by comparison, is acknowledged to have malware - meaning people need to be more cautious about the apps they install.

    I think the numbers of actual malware on the two platforms speak for themselves. And in iOS' case, Apple-haters certainly can't claim "security through obscurity" or "lack-of-marketshare" excuses.

    And I, for one, would rather have a guard who repels 99.99999999999999% of enemies, than me having to stay up every night with a shotgun in my hand, protecting my home and my loved ones.

    Window screens don't stop all insects; but take them away, and pretty soon, all you'll have time to do all day, every day (and every night) is swat flies. Which would you prefer: The occasional gnat in your beer, or having flies crawling all over your dinner, every single day?

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