The first iPhone virus is discovered

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: 3rd Party Software
    Link: The first iPhone virus is discovered
    Description:: An 11-year-old with an XML editor created the trojan horse that masquerades as an update to a third-party app for jailbroken iPhones. And you thought you were safe...

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  2. Administrator emeritus


    Jun 28, 2002
    North Central Colorado
    I know, I know - it's not a virus, it's a trojan, and that's not the same blah blah blah. Posted because it's interesting, not because the headline is perfect.
  3. mpw

    Jun 18, 2004
    Oh dear, oh dear. Not being an expert in this field, does an iPhone virus/trojan such as this pose any significant threat to the host Mac/PC through iTunes? or is it too early to tell/unclear?
  4. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    The sky suddenly darkens as millions of chickens come home to roost.
  5. macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    and lets not forget that this only applies to those who jailbreak their iphone too.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2002
    Champaign, IL
    Exactly! The Jailbrake is made possible by a security vulnerability that apple closed! People get all mad that Apple doesn't allow updates on jailbroken phones but the very reason for this is because it is a security vulnerability to begin with.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Right. I'm happy with the WebApps for my Touch, and I'm patient enough to wait for the "sanctioned" 3rd party apps. With a device that runs everything as root, I didn't want to take a chance.

    But maybe I'm one of those chickens....
  8. macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2006
    I hear ya, I agree. I am a chicken too but hacking these things are a risky hobby so it seems
  9. macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2005
    Santa Rosa
    February, oh February!

    When the real SDK is released (without strings-we hope). Makes this moot.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    There's seems to be a lot of fear born of lack of knowledge going on here.

    For this to affect jailbroken users, they would have had to add this kid's repository manually to their list of sources in Installer. Then, the would have had to manually choose to install those items.

    Finally, because everything is backed up by iTunes, you can get back to pretty much the same working state without too much trouble by restoring any time you like.

    No real scare here, I think we all know that you take a risk any time you choose to install software from unknown sources.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Lone Deranger

    Apr 23, 2006
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    also, this isn't very malicious, it sounds more like he was just trying to learn to do things, not hurt anybody.

    The fact that it deleted files used by Erica Sadun's app seems more like an unintended side effect of borrowing some of her plist files to create his own practice apps.

    Maybe he really meant to be malicious, but it doesn't really seem like it.
  13. macrumors 68040


    If people want to jailbroken their iPhones / iTouches then thats what they get for breaking apple's security measures... :p
  14. macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2003
    Not so much clever, as attention whore. When I was crafting iTunes apps, I could has easily done this. I just think that most iPhone devs would rather make something useful.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2006
    in your pants
    Seriously, people need to get their terms right. Virus ≠ Trojan. And since only a very small amount of people (i.e. us) actually know what jailbreaking is, and an even smaller amount actually downloaded the thing, then how many people has this really affected?
  16. macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    Wow. Do I sense some bitterness and jealousy?

    I give props to the 11 year old. And who says that this doesn't lead to something more useful?
  17. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Doesn't matter... the news will be picked up here and there, and before we know it, we'll be told by other people that's it's a fact that the iPhone has viruses. Perception matters...

    A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.
    — Mark Twain

  18. macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!

    You hit the nail right on the head, exactly in the center! Most people don't know the difference between the two so it doesn't matter. Yes, maybe we do, but not everyone is computer savy, and thinks a worm, virus, and trojan are the same thing.

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