iOS 7 Beta 4 fixes charger hack

Following the revelation that a modified charger could inject malware into an iPhone running iOS 7, Apple has patched the exploit.

The proof-of-concept charger was created by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. It was an innocent-looking accessory capable of invisibly installing malware on an iOS device, compromising the device in less than a minute. It uses a tiny Linux charger embedded in the accessory.  The technology is still in its infancy, and can’t yet be placed inside an official iPhone charger, so it’s important not to over exaggerate the threat. However, Apple has already taken steps to ensure this isn’t a problem in the future.

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According to Reuters:

Apple said the issue had been fixed in the latest beta of iOS 7, which has already been released to software developers.

Apple also thanked the researchers for their input. Personally, I think it’s awesome to see researchers, hobbyists and hackers being used by Apple to make its security more effective. I think it would be a much more effective way to deal with jailbreaking, and other attacks on all of Apple’s hardware.

@TiP_Stephen

Via: 9to5 Mac

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