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Ron Obvious

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Name: Ron
Gender: Male
Home country: Middle Earth
Current location: Seattle
Member since: Tue Dec 13, 2011, 10:37 PM
Number of posts: 6,065

About Me

I got the nickname Ron Obvious because -- in addition to being a huge Python fan -- my name really is Ron and I used to start sentences with \"Obviously\" a lot. Obviously, that\'s no longer a problem.

Journal Archives

Unpatched iPhone Bug Allows Remote Device Takeover

Amazing. It sounds like an old-fashioned sprintf() style bug with unchecked parameters, if that's not too dated a reference these days.

Summary: A Wifi router with the SSID "%p%s%s%s%s%n" can take over your phone if you connect to it (automatically or otherwise)

A format-string bug believed to be a low-risk denial-of-service issue turns out to be much nastier than expected.

A vulnerability in Apple iOS opens the door to remote code execution (RCE), researchers found. The assessment is a revision from a previous understanding of the flaw that viewed it as a low-risk (and somewhat wacky) denial-of-service (DoS) problem affecting iPhone’s Wi-Fi feature.

The original DoS issue is a string-format bug discovered by researcher Carl Schou, who found that connecting to an access point with the SSID “%p%s%s%s%s%n” would disable a device’s Wi-Fi.”


Sixty years of hurt....

Jules Rimet still gleaming
Sixty years of hurt
Never stopped me dreaming....

A preview of the England song for the 2026 World Cup, a mere 5 years away now.

Oh well, best team of the tournament won it in the end. I can live with that.

Windows 11

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