Bug in iOS can break iPhone Wi-Fi using rogue hotspot name


A bug has been discovered in iOS that can disable an iPhone’s ability to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots, if it attempts to initially connect to a hotspot with a specific name that breaks the function.

Security researcher Carl Schou gave a personal Wi-Fi hotspot a name of “%p%s%s%s%s%n.” On trying to connect to the hotspot, Schou discovered the iPhone simply couldn’t connect to it at all, and later discovered that it disabled Wi-Fi connectivity completely on the device.Attempts to connect to other hotspots failed, with the issue continuing to mainifest after changing the hotspot’s SSID and rebooting the iPhone, according to BleepingComputer. The issue was also confirmed by others testing out the same SSID name separately.

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