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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2013-4616

Original release date: 06/18/2013
Last revised: 10/25/2013


The WifiPasswordController generateDefaultPassword method in Preferences in Apple iOS 6 and earlier relies on the UITextChecker suggestWordInLanguage method for selection of Wi-Fi hotspot WPA2 PSK passphrases, which makes it easier for remote attackers to obtain access via a brute-force attack that leverages the insufficient number of possible passphrases.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 5.8 MEDIUM
Impact Subscore: 6.4
Exploitability Subscore: 6.5
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Local network exploitable
Access Complexity: Low
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Provides user account access, Allows partial confidentiality, integrity, and availability violation; Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows disruption of service

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External Source: MLIST
Name: [owasp-mobile-security-project] 20130617 Cracking iOS personal hotspots using a Scrabble crossword game word list
External Source: MISC
Name: http://www1.cs.fau.de/filepool/projects/hotspot/hotspot.pdf
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5934
External Source: SECTRACK
Name: 1029054
External Source: MISC
Name: http://www1.cs.fau.de/hotspot
External Source: APPLE
Name: APPLE-SA-2013-09-18-2
Type: Advisory

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