Is the iPhone 3G vulnerable to viruses once jailbroken?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by d4rklamp, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. d4rklamp macrumors regular

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    I mean, there are plenty of sources while using cydia... Can it happen that there are sources filled with fake apps that are viruses? I know for a fact that there are apps that run like crap on the iPhone and need to be restored... So what about viruses?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    It's a phone. More importantly, it's a phone... running OS X.

    If you install the SSH substrate, you can be logged into remotely.

    There may be others.
     
  3. sjorge macrumors member

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    Only if you don't change the root and mobile password.
    Just login once as root with password of alphine and run "passwd" and "passwd mobile" to change it and your all set.

    Viruses... well it depends on what you install and who you trust.
    I don't know of any at the moment but yes it's possible. You run the same rist as using a mac of getting a virus.
     
  4. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    There is about as much inherent risk of viruses on the iPhone as there is on any platform that allows users to install arbitrary pieces of third party software.

    So far, none have been reported in the wild, but that doesn't mean that you should go installing everything willy-nilly.

    Good security practices dictate that you should, at the very least, ask yourself three questions before installing a piece of software:

    1) What evidence do I have that this software is trustworthy?

    2) Why do I need this piece of software?

    3) What happens if this software is malicious -- what data does it have access to, and how can it hurt me?

    If you can't come up with satisfactory answers to those three questions, don't install it.
     
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  6. Tokiopop macrumors 68000

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    The jailbreak makes the system partition "writeable" instead of just readable. So I guess it's possible. Kinda.

    If you have OpenSSH but it's OFF, are you fine from being hacked into? :confused:
     
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  8. d4rklamp thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your replies... Can you give some reliable sources that are safe to use in cydia?
     
  9. jmccullough108 macrumors 6502a

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    Whats with all this talk lately with "viruses" on an iPhone..People, iPhone runs OSX.. Seriously, no viruses. How long will it take windows users to accept this?

    And to answer your question, you can actually install a package called "All sources", this installs all of them. Might be something you are interested in.
     
  10. sjorge macrumors member

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    The default set seems to be rather safe.
     
  11. Tokiopop macrumors 68000

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    You're saying OS X cannot get viruses? :rolleyes:
     
  12. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    Can you name any that affect OS X?
     
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    jmccoullough is incorrect in assuming that OS X is invulnerable to viruses.

    Tokiopop is correct in assuming that it can get them.

    MikePA is also correct in stating that there are, in fact, no viruses in existence for OS X.

    And I am here to say, "That could change in the future, but it will NOT NOT NOT change as a function of market share. That argument is faulty."
     
  14. krackers macrumors member

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    There are no knows viruses yet, but be careful.This does not mean to not jailbreak, but just use the main sources and download shady software.
     
  15. Tokiopop macrumors 68000

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    What are you trying to say, purposely try and corrupt stuff!? :eek::eek::eek:
     
  16. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    ...but just use the main sources and DON'T download shady software.

    BTW, how do you identify 'shady software'.
     
  17. Tokiopop macrumors 68000

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    I knew what he meant, btw :p And I think by "shady software" he means things that aren't from sources that are provided with Cydia.
     
  18. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    Well it is kinda.

    More people with macs, more its worth for the hackers to develop malicious apps Market share is too small to bother with atm..

    But that could change if it goes past 20% or 30%

    But hey who knows.
     
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    In my 12 years of using several dozen different macs, NONE of them have EVER gotten a virus or malicious piece of code.
     
  20. No1451 macrumors 6502

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    Doubtful, viruses are written for the Windows platform because of the greater degree of ease compared to something with a solid(Unix) base.

    As for the iPhone, I think your biggest risk is something SSHing onto your phone and deleting stuff.
     
  21. tnisatard macrumors 6502

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    so just turn off SSH and problem solved right?
     
  22. yellier35 macrumors newbie

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    Id like to know too.

    I would like to know this as well. What about Apps that do one thing that secretly do something else. Example, download a phone app manager like ilog and then this app secretely phones home or secretly records all info in your phone, passwords, creditcards, etc....How does the Iphone protect against that?

    Are there any data loggers for the iphone to record all data coming in and leaving that way we can know whats going on?

    hope this isnt considered hijacking a thread.
     
  23. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

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    The iPhone OS doesn't protect against that. That's one of the things that the user is responsible for preventing.
     
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