Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Mar 2012 00:35 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Due to their very nature, custom Android ROMs have root enabled by default. Up until relatively recently, installing custom Android ROMs was a thing geeks did, and as such, this wasn't much of a problem. However, over the past few days, I've found out just how easy installing custom ROMs and modifying them really is (I'm running this one until CyanogenMod 9 is ready for the SII), and it seems like more and more regular users are engaging in the practice as well. Suddenly, having root enabled becomes a security liability.
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Good thing
by Elv13 on Sat 17th Mar 2012 05:28 UTC
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At some point early in Jailbroken iPhone history (or it is still the case), you could try "ssh root@ip password: alpine" using a custom nmap script and virally take control of all iPhones in the universe. At that time, most were jailbroken (iPhone 1 and 3G).

Having custom roms/mods is cool, but it is also very dangerous.

That said, still waiting for CM9 on my N1!

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RE: Good thing
by daveak on Sat 17th Mar 2012 15:16 in reply to "Good thing"
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Where universe is the same wifi network you are on, or the same telco (possibly only the same APN?)

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RE[2]: Good thing
by Elv13 on Sat 17th Mar 2012 18:36 in reply to "RE: Good thing"
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You forgot the "viral" part. Once an iPhone is compromised, it become the Trojan and spread. Nmap is available for iPhone ;)

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