Researcher Found Another Way to Break WiFi on iPhone

Researcher Carl Schou has discovered another way to break WiFi on iPhone. This bug that disrupts wireless communication when connecting to an access point with a specific name.

Worse, Wi-Fi won’t work even after a device reboot or if the hotspot is renamed.

The problem was encountered while connecting to an access point named “%p%s%s%s%s%n”. When trying to connect to this network, Wi-Fi on the device simply turned off, and when the expert tried to turn it on again, nothing happened either after restarting the device or after changing the SSID.

As a result, it turned out that the only way to get rid of this bug is to completely reset the network settings on the device.

Apparently, the root of this problem lies in an error related to the parsing of the input data. When a string with “%” characters is present in access point names, iOS may misinterpret letters following “%” as format specifiers. Schou admitted that he deliberately names all of his access points in such in order to punish all badly designed devices.”

Schou has now reported on Twitter that he has found another type of SSID that causes the same problems as described above. It turned out that Wi-Fi on iPhone (and other iOS devices) also fails when connected to a network named “% secretclub% power”. Once connected to such a network, the device will no longer be able to use Wi-Fi and any related functions.

You can permanently disable any iOS device’s WiFI by hosting a public WiFi named %secretclub%power Resetting network settings is not guaranteed to restore functionality.Carl Schou tweeted.

Shou warns that neither a factory reset nor a forced reboot of the device helped him personally. The researcher has already reported the problem to Apple, but has yet to receive any response from the company.

Seriously, I still don’t have WiFi. I have reset network settings a handful of times, force restarted the iPhone and am out of ideas. I contacted Apple’s device security team per the official email, but have not heard anything from them.Carl Schou reported.

Let me remind you that Researcher Says Apple Downplayed the Danger of The Vulnerability He Found.

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Daniel Zimmermann

Daniel Zimmermann has been writing on security and malware subjects for many years and has been working in the security industry for over 10 years. Daniel was educated at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany and currently lives in New York.

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