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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Summary

The iPhone's Mail and Safari applications are prone to a URL Spoofing vulnerability, which may allow attackers to conduct phishing attacks against iPhone users.

By creating a specially crafted URL, and sending it via an email, an attacker can convince the user that the spoofed URL, showed in the mail application, is from a trusted domain (e.g. Bank, PayPal, Social Networks, etc.).

When clicking on the URL, the Safari browser will be opened. The spoofed URL, showed in the address bar of the Safari browser, will still be viewed by the victim as if it is of a trusted domain.

Affected versions

iPhone Mail and Safari on firmware 1.1.4 and 2.0 are affected by this vulnerability.

Earlier versions may also be affected.

Technical Details

I'm currently withholding the technical details until a fix will be delivered by Apple. Security vendors who would like to get more information about this vulnerability can contact me.

Solution / Suggestion

Apple have acknowledged the vulnerability in the Mail application, and are still investigating the issue in the Safari for iPhone.
Until a fix is available, I suggest to avoid clicking on links in the Mail application which refers to trusted web sites (e.g. Bank, PayPal, Social Networks, etc.). Instead, a user should enter the URL of the website manually in the Safari application.

 

As a side note, beside being phishable, the iPhone's Mail application is also "spammable". Apple has acknowledged this as a security issue.

This is a basic security design flaw which might already be exploited in-the-wild. iPhone users should consider stop using the Mail application until Apple fixes this issue, unless they want to be spammed.

Again, I'm withholding the technical details until Apple will deliver a patch.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008 6:34:37 PM UTC | Comments [1] | Security#
Thursday, August 28, 2008 9:47:24 PM UTC
But it's a damn nice phone!
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