Apple is extending its 'bug bounty' and researchers will receive special iPhones

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At the annual Black Hat Security Conference in Las Vegas, Apple announced its highest-ever bounty program for security researchers to detect any flaw in the iPhone, reported The Verge.

Security researchers from Check Point software have found a major flaw in SQLite which puts every service and device that relies on it at risk. That includes the iOS Contacts app. One such hole would let an attacker "search" for something in the Contacts app to execute arbitrary code and researchers are pointing to Apple's oversight as the reason this bug has existed for four years. Anyone can apply to get one of these iPhones, but there are only a limited amount being produced, and they will only be given to qualified researchers.

The vulnerability has been identified in the industry-standard SQLite database. They exploited the SQLite vulnerability as well as a known bug for four years to manipulate the Apple Contacts app.

"Persistence (keeping the code on the device after a restart) is hard to achieve on iOS as all executable files must be signed as part of Apple's Secure Boot". But the SQLite is so versatile that it could be triggered in "many scenarios".

Apart from this, Apple is also paying a 50% bonus to researchers who will able to find a vulnerability in beta code.

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Apple remains committed to user privacy and security. "We hope that the security community will take this innovative research and the tools released and push it even further", the researchers said.

To security researchers, Apple is giving out special versions of the iPhone who have the chance to collect as much as $1.5 million from Apple, according to the news.

Back in 2016, Apple launched its first bug bounty program only for its iOS.

But the Google hackers quietly shared the details with Apple, which fixed the flaws before the details were made public.

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.

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