Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Home Lead Story Apple Giving Special iPhones to Security Researchers to Spot Bugs

Apple Giving Special iPhones to Security Researchers to Spot Bugs

This will not help Google teams which are busy finding bugs in Apple devices

Apple is giving away special iPhones with privileged access to security researchers to spot new vulnerabilities and report those back to the company but this will not help Google teams which are busy finding bugs in Apple devices.

Part of Apple’s new security programme, the Security Research Device (SRD) is intended for use in a controlled setting for security research and are “provided on a 12-month renewable basis and remain the property of Apple”.

At the moment, security researchers looking to find vulnerabilities on an iPhone have to jailbreak the devices but that comes with several limits like older devices.

Follow NewsGram on Instagram to keep yourself updated.

Apple said on Wednesday that the new programme would make it easier for security researchers to start finding vulnerabilities with special iPhone hardware.

Apple giving special iPhones to spot bugs, Google 'disappointed'
The new programme would make it easier for security researchers to start finding vulnerabilities with special iPhone hardware. Pixabay

 

“They are not meant for personal use or daily carry, and must remain on the premises of program participants at all times. Access to and use of SRDs must be limited to people authorized by Apple,” said the company.

The move, however, will not help Google’s Project Zero team that has found bugs in Apple devices in the past.

“It looks like we won’t be able to use the Apple ‘Security Research Device’ due to the vulnerability disclosure restrictions, which seem specifically designed to exclude Project Zero and other researchers who use a 90 day policy,” tweeted a “disappointed” Project Zero team lead Ben Hawkes.

“I think we first asked Apple for a security research test device in 2014 or early 2015. And since then we’ve reported over 350 security vulnerabilities to Apple”.

Hawkes, however, said they will continue to research Apple platforms and provide Apple with all of their findings.

Apple said that that shell access is available for security researchers and they will be able to run any tools and choose entitlements.

“If you use the SRD to find, test, validate, verify, or confirm a vulnerability, you must promptly report it to Apple and, if the bug is in third-party code, to the appropriate third party. If you didn’t use the SRD for any aspect of your work with a vulnerability, Apple strongly encourages (and rewards, through the Apple Security Bounty) that you report the vulnerability, but you are not required to do so”.

Apple giving special iPhones to spot bugs, Google 'disappointed'
The move, however, will not help Google’s Project Zero team that has found bugs in Apple devices in the past. Pixabay

If you report a vulnerability affecting Apple products, Apple will provide you with a publication date (usually the date on which Apple releases the update to resolve the issue).

Also Read: Here’s the Story of Rajasthan’s Royal Encouter

Not all security researchers are eligible and the participation in the Security Research Device Programme is subject to review, said Apple.

“Device availability is limited. Devices will not be available for all qualified applicants in the initial application period. Qualified applicants who do not receive a device during this period will automatically be considered during the next application period in 2021,” said Apple.

To be eligible, one must be a membership Account Holder in the Apple Developer Programme, have a proven track record of success in finding security issues on Apple platforms, or other modern operating systems and platforms. (IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,773FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Analyzing The Impact Of Air Pollution In New Delhi

A unique experiment to gauge the hazardous levels of polluted air in Delhi and surrounding areas, where a woman wore a backpack with novel...

Improvements In Facebook AI To Aid Visually Impaired

Facebook has announced new improvements in its artificial intelligence (AI) technology to generate descriptions of photos posted on its platforms including Instagram for the...

Obesity: Major issue for mental health in teens

If you are obese, there are chances that it may lead to some mental health issues, as a new study suggests that half of...

Concerns grow over global disparities in vaccination

As an increasing number of countries started mass vaccination, gaps in access to Covid-19 vaccines, especially huge disparities between the developed world and developing...

Students Do Not Switch On Video Cameras During Online Zoom Classes Due To Privary Concerns

Ever thought about why some students do not turn on their video cameras during online classes on Zoom? Because they may be more concerned...

5G Networks To Be Halted Until The Safety Is Tested And Proven

The rollout of 5G networks should be halted until the safety of the technology has been tested and proven, an expert has urged. According...

List Of The 5 Best Lakes In Switzerland

Switzerland is known as the home of the mountains but did you know that Switzerland also has more than 1,500 lakes and water bodies!...

Know More About Hypothyroidism And Thyroid Glands

Do you constantly feel run down, exhausted, and cold when others are warm? This so happens when the thyroid gland isn't working as well...

Recent Comments