To better secure iOS, Apple will pay iPhone that give you access to more features for security researchers to help them find (and report) flaws.
Apple has regularly set in before the safety and the protection of privacy on its devices. And thanks to a new program launched by the firm from Cupertino, this safety could be improved through the collaboration of researchers who will be able to report bugs on iOS. In fact, as reported by the website TechCrunch, Apple has begun to distribute iPhone “hacker-friendly” to some security researchers, to help them more easily identify flaws. This program would have been announced by Apple in 2019 at the Black Hat conference, and it allows you to hand-picked researchers to get an iPhone with a version of the operating system which gives access to features that are needed for the research and that it was not on the commercial versions. TechCrunch also indicates that this type of device is not new for Apple. But this would be the first time that the firm distributes to researchers to help them find bugs.
To facilitate the discovery of vulnerabilities in iOS
“In the context of Apple’s commitment to security, this program is designed to help improve the security of all iOS users, attract more researchers to the iPhone and improve the effectiveness of those who are already working on the security on iOS “, reads also on the Apple website. These devices, dedicated to the research, are loaned by Apple for 12 months, renewable, and must not be used personally, or given to third parties.
The firm of Cupertino also mentions a few criteria of eligibility, such as having already discovered vulnerabilities on the platform of Apple, or other operating systems. And if a researcher discovers a flaw in using this iPhone special, it will return the device to Apple or the developer (if the bug has been discovered on a third-party application). The researcher will however have to wait until Apple has fixed the bug to make a publication.
The act of reporting a fault to Apple, making the researcher eligible for a reward, which is not new. However, thanks to this program, which provides access to more information about the software, it is possible that it is easier to find flaws and therefore to receive these awards.
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