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Skype iOS App is Vulnerable to Attack That Can Steal Your Address Book [Video]

Skype’s iOS app is vulnerable to an attack that can compromise your entire address book without you noticing, reports TechCrunch.

AppSec Consulting security researcher Phil Purviance discovered the exploit:
I found that Skype also improperly defines the URI scheme used by the built-in webkit browser for Skype. Usually you will see the scheme set to something like, “about:blank” or “skype-randomtoken”, but in this case it is actually set to “file://”. This gives an attacker access to the users file system, and an attacker can access any file that the application itself would be able to access.
File system access is partially mitigated by the iOS Application sandbox that Apple has implemented, preventing an attacker from accessing certain sensitive files. However, every iOS application has access to the users AddressBook, and Skype is no exception.

Skype says “We are working hard to fix this reported issue in our next planned release which we hope to roll out imminently. In the meantime we always recommend people exercise caution in only accepting friend requests from people they know and practice common sense internet security as always.”
Take a look at the attack being performed in the video below…
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