Apple iPhone up to 3.0 SMS Message Decoder memory corruption

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A vulnerability classified as very critical was found in Apple iPhone up to 3.0 (Smartphone Operating System). Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown code of the component SMS Message Decoder. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-119. The software performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was published 08/03/2009 by Charlie Miller Collin Mulliner with Independent Security Evaluators as HT3754 as confirmed advisory (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2009-2204 since 06/24/2009. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available. The pricing for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 09/05/2019).

It is declared as proof-of-concept.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at The best possible mitigation is suggested to be upgrading to the latest version.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (52201), SecurityTracker (ID 1022626) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-47657). Additional details are provided at





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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Advisory: HT3754
Researcher: Charlie Miller Collin Mulliner
Organization: Independent Security Evaluators
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2009-2204 (🔍)
X-Force: 52201
SecurityTracker: 1022626 - Apple iPhone SMS Message Processing Bugs Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Vulnerability Center: 47657 - Apple iOS Before 3.0.1 Remote Code Execution in the CoreTelephony Component, Critical
SecurityFocus: 35569 - Apple iPhone SMS Application Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Secunia: 36070 - Apple iPhone SMS Message Decoding Vulnerability, Highly Critical
OSVDB: 55687 - Apple iPhone OS Unspecified Arbitrary Remote Code Execution (SyScan '09 Singapore)
Vupen: ADV-2009-2105

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Created: 08/18/2009 07:44 PM
Updated: 09/05/2019 01:37 PM
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