Reverse engineering and penetration testing on iOS apps: my own list of tools

After a post focused on Android, another list of tools useful for penetration testing and reverse engineering of iOS applications.
Also all this tools are OSS and freely available.

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New version of FinFisher spyware used to spy on iOS and Android users in 20 countries

Malware researchers from Kaspersky have discovered new and improved versions of the FinFisher spyware, able o infect both Android and iOS devices.

According to the experts, the new versions have been active at least since 2018, one of the samples analyzed was used last month in Myanmar, where local government is accused of violating human rights.

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My Weekly RoundUp #78

Interesting things in the last week! A stupid Facetime bug causes some privacy problems, Facebook facing a controversy with an iOS app and…apparently someone already knows Game Of Thrones finale!

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A bug in Apple’s WebView allow an attacker to initiate phone calls without user confirm

Twitter and LinkedIn iOS apps are vulnerable!

The security researcher Collin Mulliner has discovered an exploitable vulnerability in Apple’s WebView that could allow phone calls to a number of the attacker’s choosing.

iOS WebViews can be used to automatically call an attacker controlled phone number. The attack can block the phone’s UI for a short amount of time and therefore prevent the victim from canceling the call. The bug is an application bug that likely is due to bad OS/framework defaults. One major issue with this vulnerability is that it is really easy to exploit. App developers have to fix their code as soon as possible.

Mulliner said the vulnerability is trivial to exploit, requiring at a minimum one line of HTML code and iOS developers who have embedded Apple’s WebView into mobile apps need to be aware.

https://gist.github.com/andreafortuna/50d68e9d109c25bc2cb84abee42463fa

The risks to the user include calls to to premium numbers or denial-of-service against telephone numbers of public services:

About a week agoI read an news post about a guy who got arrested for accidentally DoSing 911 by creating a web page that automatically dialed 911 when visited it from an iPhone. This was most likely due to a bug with the handling of TEL URI. I immediately thought about a bug I reported to Apple in late October 2008 . I couldn’t believe this bug has resurfaced so I investigated. The article said something about posting links on Twitter.

The researcher has also published two video demonstration of the exploit:

 


References

https://www.mulliner.org/blog/blosxom.cgi/security/ios_webview_auto_dialer.html