hacker-friendly iPhones with advanced debugging capabilities is also a step in this direction to these operating systems impregnable.
At the Black Hat 2019 event in Las Vegas, Apple made a serious commitment to improving its OS ecosystem and is now expanding the reach and scope of its bug bounty program.
Zero click full chain kernel execution attack
This hacking attempt is used for discovering how to compromise the iPhone in a way that involves no app downloads, malicious links in an email or rogue code in a database. As a part of the expanded bug bounty program scope, Apple is offering up to $1 million for full chain kernel code execution attacks. The security researchers that detect bugs on designated pre-release builds are eligible for 50% bonus.
iOS Security Research Device program
Apple’s decision of offering special devices to researchers came as a surprise. The company is aware of the fact that iPhone and iOS aren’t perfect. While Apple platforms are better than other operating systems, but they still have some weaknesses. Earlier the bug bounty program was limited to specific researchers and it was an invite-only program. Apple has now opened its bug bounty program to anyone who can find a flaw in its various operating system variants.
Apple is known to be a closed ecosystem, preferring to rely on its internal developers when it comes to handling security. Things are however changing at the technology giant as bug bounties have become an integral element for them to enhance the security of their device and software.