IPhone users watch out: Your phone can be crashed in 5 minutes with this hack
NEW YORK - IPhone has been detected with latest security exploit, coming from Sabri Haddouche of the app Wire.
It exploits a bug in Apple’s web rendering tool called WebKit, which is used on both iOS and MacOS. The security researcher needed just 15 lines of code to crash and restart the iPhone, while on MacOS it can potentially freeze a webpage.
The vulnerability exploits a “backdrop-filter CSS property”, which is used in 3D acceleration. Using this issue, the attacker can use all the graphical resources on the iPhone, using
It is also incredibly easy to execute. It can be triggered if someone sends you an email or a web link with the code inserted within. Anything running on HTML is affected. Apple has been notified by the team, however, it hasn’t officially acknowledged the issue yet. ------------------------------
The researchers showed a video of the exploit being demonstrated on an iPhone. They also showed a few links where you can see its effect on your own phone.
The good news is that despite causing inconvenience, the hack won’t cause lasting damage to your valuable data. It also won’t possibly result in any breaching of your personal info.
As of now, iOS 12 is said to be most affected, resulting in a restart, while previous software only caused a respring. The issue will hopefully be resolved in future updates.