pod2g discovers iPhone SMS spoofing vulnerability
When it comes to iPhone hacks, there are a few noteworthy individuals that have been doing those for quite some time. pod2g is one of these special individuals whom have graced the iPhone world with jailbreak tools such as Absinthe. However, jailbreak isn’t the only thing that he is good at because when it comes to hacking, there are many things that he can discover from the source codes of the operating system.
It seems that one thing that he has discovered was a security flaw which can be considered as serious as well. This is because the vulnerability discovered is SMS spoofing and the problem has existed ever since the iPhone was launched. Even in the latest version of the iOS 6 beta, the vulnerability still exists and it seems that it was either an oversight or poor security testing by the team behind the iOS.
As far as protecting yourself is concerned, the best course of action is to always check the number on which the SMS originates. In addition to that, when replying, double check the phone number so that you are replying to the individual that you want to, instead of a spoofed contact. Whether this vulnerability is going to get fixed or not, we have yet to find out.