Thursday, July 18, 2024

17 Years Old Hacker Finds Critical Flaw in Signal App that Allows Anyone to Bypass Password & Screen lock in iOS

A 17 Years old Hacker who inspired by Edward Snowden discovered a critical vulnerability in Signal app that allows anyone to Bypass Authentication of Lock Screen in iOS.

Signal is an encrypted communications app for Android and iOS. A desktop version is also available for Linux, Windows, and macOS.

It allows users to send one-to-one and group messages, which can include files, voice notes, images, and videos, and make one-to-one voice and video calls.

This vulnerability works based on the click sequence include app opening, clicking on cancel, and using the home button.

Signal iOS app allows lets anyone bypass the password and TouchID authentication protections in iOS.

Initially the bug was reported in Signal version 2.23 by the researcher but the Signal security team partially fixed it and released version

Users can use following steps to trigger the bug in version 2.23:

  1. Open Signal
  2. Click cancel button
  3. Click home button
  4. Open Signal again
  5. You can see Signal main screen without having been asked for the Password or TouchID

But the fixed version still vulnerable to screen locker bypass using different click sequence.

While users can use following steps to trigger the bug in version (the one that contains the partial fix):

  1. Open Signal
  2. Click cancel button
  3. Click home button
  4. Double click on the home button
  5. Close Signal app
  6. Open Signal App
  7. Click cancel button
  8. Click once the home button
  9. Open Signal
  10. You can see Signal main screen without having been asked for the Password or TouchID

He reported the second bug aswell to the security team and version 2.23.2 finally fixed the problem.

Also, he said, From data protection point of view Signal is safer than other Instant Messengers applications (eg. WhatsApp) which, even using end-to-end data encryption like Signal, retain very important metadata which could hand over to governments in response to a request.

Finally, new version 2.23.2 has been released and assign the CVE-2018-9840.


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BALAJI is an Ex-Security Researcher (Threat Research Labs) at Comodo Cybersecurity. Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder - Cyber Security News & GBHackers On Security.

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