A security researcher for Google’s Project Zero team has released a proof-of-concept iOS exploit that takes advantage of another Broadcom Wi-Fi issue.
The vulnerability abused by Gal Beniamini, a security researcher for Google Project Zero based in Israel, was found in the same Broadcom BCM4355C0 Wi-Fi chips affected by the Broadpwn flaw, but is separate. Beniamini confirmed the Broadcom flaw (CVE-2017-11120) affects a range of devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and various Wi-Fi routers, but the exploit he released was specifically for the iPhone 7.
Beniamini wrote in his disclosure that the BCM4355C0 SoC with firmware version 126.96.36.199.0.1.56 did not validate a specific field properly and an iOS exploit could allow code execution and more.
“The exploit gains code execution on the Wi-Fi firmware on the iPhone 7,” Beniamini wrote. “Upon successful execution of the exploit, a backdoor is inserted into the firmware, allowing remote read/write commands to be issued to the firmware via crafted action frames (thus allowing easy remote control over the Wi-Fi chip).”
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