Apple offers $1 million reward to anyone who can hack an iPhone

Contacts on iPhones vulnerable to hack attack Report

Interestingly, the exploit actually relies on a bug that was first discovered four years ago - and still hasn't been fixed. The flaw puts over a billion iPhone and iPad users at risk.

"SQLite is the most wide-spread database engine in the world", said Check Point. Every major operating system including Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari use SQLite.

Once altered, the researchers just needed to pick something mischievous to happen when the Contacts database was searched.

The vulnerability has been identified in the industry-standard SQLite database. That's because all apps and executable files are required to go through Apple's Secure Boot startup checks. But SQLite databases do not need to be signed. Essentially, it's a technique that takes advantage of memory corruption issues in the format. The Cupertino company had its own reasons for not fixing the bug despite being aware of its existence.

According to the Mashable reports, people capable of bypassing iPhone's lock screen while having physical access to the device will be rewarded $100,000 and those who can execute a kernel code through an installed app will be paid off $150,000 as a reward. And iOS is a closed ecosystem with no room for unknown apps.

In a blog post, Check Point also noted that the exploit can be used to gain persistence on iOS. It would be interesting to see whether Apple will fix the bug or leave it as it is.

Apple remains committed to user privacy and security.

But now Apple wants everyone to know once again how really serious it's taking security that its willing to pay big time.

Apple's head of security, Ivan Krstić, recently announced the news at the Black Hat technology security conference in Las Vegas.

But now that the bug bounty program includes all of Apple's platforms, hopefully this will keep its security ahead of any attacks in the future.

One possible explanation for Apple's insistence on unlocking exploits that allow infiltration of iOS devices is the growing threat coming from highly experienced hackers groups, backed by state actors to develop means to facilitate spying campaigns. and mass monitoring of iOS device users.

The fivefold increase in the bug bounty programme this year focuses on finding vulnerable bugs in all the Apple platforms such as iOS, iCloud, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS.

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