Apple Contacts App Vulnerable To Hacking, Putting iPhone Users At Risk

Apple Contacts App Vulnerable To Hacking, Putting iPhone Users At Risk

But now it's extending the bug bounty program to all of its platforms and researchers who discover any security flaws other than in the iOS will be eligible to receive payouts as high as $200,000 which is the same reward initially offered as a maximum payout for its iOS program back in 2016.

SQLite is the most widely used database engine in the world. More specifically, it targets its reliance on the SQLite database format that's used pretty much everywhere from Windows 10 and macOS to Safari, Firefox and Android.

Documented in a 4,000-word report, the company's hack involved replacing one part of Apple's Contacts app and while apps and any executable code has to go through Apple's startup checks, an SQLite database is not executable. The Check Point researchers said that keeping the replacement code after the restart on an iOS device was "hard to achieve".

"Wait, what? How come a four-year-old bug has never been fixed?" write Check Point's researchers in their report.

Apple will also be taking other steps to make research easier, including "offering a modified phone that has some security measures disabled".

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Check Point's hack works on devices running iOS 8 through the beta versions of iOS 13. But the SQLite is so versatile that it could be triggered in "many scenarios".

The so-called "bug bounty" is the highest one offered by any major tech company - far surpassing the £124k offered by Google for finding security holes in Google code. But the recent revelations of serious bugs in iMessage and FaceTime emphasize that even Apple devices are vulnerable to hacking.

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

Cybersecurity firms such as the NSO Group demand over a million dollars from government agencies and private clients for remotely breaking into an iPhone.

JUST DAYS AFTER APPLE announced that it would be providing hacker-friendly iPhones and generous bug bounties to security partners, a vulnerability has been revealed in eight years' worth of iOS devices.



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