Basically, by generating a specially crafted SSL certificate, attackers can regenerate a bug and cause apps that perform SSL communication to crash at will. With our finding, we rushed to create a script that exploits the bug over a network interface. As SSL is a security best practice and is utilized in almost all apps in the Apple app store, the attack surface is very wide.
This exploit only crashes a device making it unusable. There is no mention of making end to end encrypted communications vulnerable. By moving outside the range of the access point the IOS device automatically connected to should break the connection bringing the phone back to normal.
Devices with wifi left on will try and connect themselves to any open access point. While this shouldn’t be a problem attacks like this can happen. I would classify this attack more of an irritant than anything serious.