Eircom Wireless Crack Approved to App Store

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Apple has been making some strange decisions when it comes to what it approves to the App Store this week, now having approved a wireless key generator that allows the device to break into Eircom wi-fi access points.

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It’s strange to see that in the same week Apple has rejected an app from its App Store for containing the word “iPhone” (it was a book about the iPhone, for the curious) and approved an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows users to engage in the entire dubious cracking of Eircom networks. It’s worth pointing out at this point that this has only been made possible because of the manner in which Eircom routers’ default security settings work.

Essentially, the SSID on older Eircom routers contains an eight digit number, mine is “Eircom 3333 4763,” the problem is that that unique identifier is also used to generate the WEP key that secures those routers. All this means is that there’s long been applications and web pages around that will allow you to plug in an Eircom SSID and get a list of possible WEP keys.

Essentially, that’s all the iPhone/iPod Touch app does (and we imagine iPod Touch users will get a lot more use out of it). Perhaps the most interesting facet of the whole story is that the Irish Times managed to get in touch with the author of the app itself, David Heffernan, who fairly openly admitted that he was surprised that Apple had approved it for sale on the app store without any fuss.

For the curious, while we can’t advise you to use it for any illicit purposes, the app itself is called, quite simply, Dessid, and you can pick up a copy on the App Store for €1.59. It’s more interesting to play with than it is useful, given the fact that Eircom has since started shipping routers with WPA passwords that seem not to be connected to the SSID, but it’s still a bit of fun.

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2 Responses to “Eircom Wireless Crack Approved to App Store”

  1. Daniel Heffernan Says:

    What wa surprising to me wasn’t that it was approved in spite of it’s “dubious nature”, as you say, but more the fact that the app uses private APIs to list networks.

    • komplettie Says:

      That’s fairly questionable alright… interesting stuff. I imagine Apple will say that it managed to gain approval through an oversight, but that’s dodgy all over.

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