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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (May 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118204123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118204122
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
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From the Back Cover

They can crack the code. Here's how to stop them.

The world loves iOS. Users love the convenience. Black hats love the vulnerability. This book arms you with the knowledge and tools to protect your organization's iOS devices. If you're a developer, it will also help you create hack-resistant applications.

These highly qualified iOS experts review iOS security architecture, examine the internals, and reveal the vulnerabilities. They show you how iOS jailbreaks work and explore encryption, code signing and memory protection, sandboxing, iPhone fuzzing, exploitation, ROP payloads, and baseband attacks. Here's a complete toolkit for defending your iOS devices.

  • Examine the internals and identify the vulnerabilities of iOS

  • Explore all the elements of encryption, vulnerability hunting, and exploit writing

  • Review some common payloads and see what can and can't be done on iOS with ROP

  • Learn more about kernel debugging and exploitation, with an overview of kernel structure and a look at auditing IOKit drivers

  • Look at techniques for fuzzing PDF and PowerPoint® documents in MobileSafari

  • Study different jailbreak types

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Source code and additional tools are available at

About the Author

Charlie Miller is Principal Research Consultant at Accuvant Labs and a four-time CanSecWest Pwn2Own winner.

Dionysus Blazakis is an expert on iOS and OS X sandbox security mechanisms.

Dino Dai Zovi is coauthor of The Mac Hacker's Handbook and a popular conference speaker.

Stefan Esser is a PHP security expert and leading researcher of iOS security topics.

Vincenzo Iozzo is an independent security researcher focused on Mac OS X and smartphones.

Ralf-Philipp Weinmann holds a PhD in cryptography and has an extensive security background.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Review of the Concepts needed to Understand Jailbreaking May 8 2012
By JRud - Published on
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I preordered this book so I have been reading it for about a week now. It is a wonderful book on security research for iOS devices. Don't expect to write a jailbreak for the newest devices after reading this book though, as that would require much experience in writing exploits, fuzzing, kernel debugging and ROP, which is completely understandable. It is foolish to believe that reading one book will allow you to write jailbreaks and find exploits with ease.

The book begins covering sandboxing, code signing and iOS enterprise applications, and their weaknesses. The chapter on fuzzing was very explanatory on the techniques used to do so. It covered fuzzing PDF and powerpoint documents in mobile safari, as well as SMS fuzzing. The next chapter talks about exploitation on iOS devices, focusing on heap exploits and in turn, memory allocation and deallocation.

The chapter on ROP explains what is capable and not capable with return oriented programming, and gives two great examples of such techniques. Following that is a chapter on kernel exploitation, describing how to reverse the IOKit kernel drivers and finding vulnerabilities, as well as how to exploit vulnerabilities once found. This chapter concludes with a demonstration on the heap fang shui technique used for heap buffer overflow exploits.

The jailbreaking chapter is not particularly long, but that is because the techniques used have been described in other parts of the book. This chapter examines the redsn0w jailbreak and describes each step performed by it, including the different kernel patches applied by the jailbreak.

The final chapter covers baseband hacking, which I have not read in detail yet. It appears, at first glance, to cover general knowledge on cell networks leading into the RTOS used on the baseband chips, and ending with a description of the ultrasn0w unlock.

Overall, I would recommend anyone who is interested in the techniques and steps used to find vulnerabilities and exploit them, leading to the development of a jailbreak for an iOS device.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good overview and source of inspiration May 2 2012
By Reilly - Published on
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iOS Hacker's Handbook offers a good overview about the security mechanisms and possible strategies to overcome them.
The way current hacking techniques are being introduced, should enable less experienced programmers and enthusiast to get started and the more advanced reader will find a very well processed compendium (and more).

About the troll comments further down:
Some are obviously misinterpreting this book's intention. It's not about giving you a detailed tutorial on how to create a jailbreak, but to give a starting point, to introduce techniques needed and to motivate you to start learning and researching (btw. this belongs to security RESEARCH). Creating a jailbreak needs weeks and months of work, not to mention the vast experience and skills needed to pull of such a major task. One book can't accomplish that. So if you really want to become the next comex or pod2g: get off your backside, learn basics, read this book, read more materials, train your obtained skills and at the end of the road you might be able to develop your own exploits which will lead to a jailbreak.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction May 11 2012
By RichL - Published on
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You won't find a better introduction to iOS security than this book.
The authors manage to cover a variety of different subjects in enough detail to give you a good grounding in the iOS security model as well as the current state of vulnerability discovery on the platform.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad reviews because of little knoweledge June 8 2012
By wyndnra1n - Published on
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Now Ive noticed that all the bad reviews are either trolls, or written by people hoping to learn how to make a jailbreak and think its easy as 1 2 3.
Well dont believe the bad reviews. This is a great book and goes over alot of key concepts about jailbreaking and adequately explains a wide variety of iOS security exploitation topics.
Worth the money if you are willing to learn and understand whats in the book (coding and terminology) or if you already understand the code but want to learn a bit more.
Great read :D
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent security overview of iOS May 16 2012
By Prime - Published on
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I pre-ordered this book months ago, and got exactly what I was looking for: an in depth look at iOS security. It doesn't just talk about the present, but also takes a look at how far iOS has came since version 1. You'll find little details throughout that give you insight to some of the events and vulnerabilities that the authors (and others) were involved in. Great buy, especially if you're looking to learn more about mobile security.