Technology fetishists aren’t the only folks itching to get their hands on an iPhone. Hackers want to play with Apple Inc.’s new toy, too.Within hours of Apple’s iPhone unveiling on Tuesday, the iPhone was a hot topic on the Dailydave discussion list, a widely read forum on security research.
Much of the discussion centered on the processor that Apple may have chosen to power its new device and what kind of assembly language “shellcode” might work on this chip. “Is this beast running an ARM?” wrote reverse-engineering expert Havlar Flake, “I have doubts about a mobile device being based on x86, so does anyone have details about what sort of shellcode needs to be written?”
In an e-mail interview, one of the hackers behind the Month of Apple Bugs project, which is disclosing new Apple security vulnerabilities every day for the month of January, said he “would love to mess with” the iPhone.