Apple fix to iPhone security flaw
Mobile handsets including iPhones and those using Windows Mobile or Google’s Android operating system are vulnerable to text-based attacks, say experts.
Software code that arrives in a text message can hijack the phones, said Charlie Miller and Collin Mulliner at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.
The malware could knock phones off the network or access data and programs.
The team say that hackers could develop programs to exploit the weakness in as little as two weeks.
The pair said that publicising the means of attack was necessary to ensure the problem was addressed.
“If we don’t talk about it, somebody is going to do it silently. The bad guys are going to do it no matter what,” Mr Mulliner, an independent security expert, said.
The hack works by slightly modifying the data that arrives with an SMS message.
The system that processes such messages is similar across different operating systems and can, once compromised, gain access across a range of applications including a phone’s address book or camera.