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November 05, 2018 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
iOS vulnerability endangers half a billion Apple users
Through a vulnerability in Apple's iOS, attackers can crash iPhones and iPads using commercially available hardware. Physical access is not required for this. That's what researchers at the Darmstadt Technical University have found out. More than half a billion devices are affected by this problem.

According to the research team, the attack can be carried out using simple commercially available hardware - the researchers used the WLAN card of a laptop and a Bluetooth-capable single-board computer similar to a Raspberry Pi or Arduino, which was originally developed as a programming learning platform for schoolchildren. Potential attackers would therefore have an easy time of it.

The vulnerability - published under the acronym CVE-2018-4368 - only affects Apple devices. But users of Android mobile phones should not lull themselves in security, the scientists warn: "The vulnerability also has implications for the non-Apple world. The Wi-Fi Alliance's new standard, Neighbor Awareness Networking (NAN), builds on AWDL and is already supported by Google's Android ( ). The researchers expect similar vulnerabilities to be found in NAN implementations, as AWDL and NAN are of similar complexity.

In a Youtube video, the researchers documented their attack. See  

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