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    Beware in Public! iPhone Bug Leads to WiFi Not Turning On in iPhones

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    Adnan Nensey
    Adnan Nensey Jul 11, 2021

    Earlier last month, a renowned smartphone security researcher, Carl Schou, identified an Apple iOS bug that causes WiFi not turning on in iPhones. The iPhone WiFi bug is creating more havoc than just being a minute issue. The underlying bug is related to a certain SSID that completely prevents WiFi access on iPhones.

    Carl Schou identified two such WiFi access points, “%secretclub%power” and “%p%s%s%s%s%n”, which break iPhone WiFi capabilities.

    Schou tweeted that hosting a public WiFi named “%secretclub%power” can permanently disable any iOS device’s WiFi. Earlier, the security researcher mentioned the “%p%s%s%s%s%n” SSID that could prevent iPhones from WiFi access if you try to connect to it.

    There had been an easy fix for the earlier issue, by simply resetting your iPhone’s network settings. However, Schou mentioned “%secretclub%power” as a poisoned SSID that disables WiFi on an iPhone if it comes in a range of the notorious public WiFi hotspot. Even if you do not try to connect to it.

    Though we haven’t verified this ourselves. Certain blogs claim that a factory reset is the only fix to the recent iPhone bug issue. The Apple iOS bug hasn’t yet been addressed by the Cupertino company. But analysts believe that the next iOS update may resolve the iPhone WiFi bug.


    Sources reveal the issue could be due to a certain coding error in iOS. We recommend our readers to stay vigilant and not connect to public hotspots or access points with a % sign in its SSID name.

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