Apple is starting to ship hackable iPhones to security experts2020-12-23 15:00 by Daniela
Tags: Apple, iPhone
Apple is reportedly preparing to send out "jailbroken" iPhone devices to the first participants of its Security Research Device (SRD) program, which is meant to facilitate iOS security research.
As you'd expect, the iPhones consumers receive include a locked-down version of iOS so as to make it very difficult for malicious software and hackers to take control of your device. However, security researchers have to work with the same version, making it that much more difficult to analyze and discover security holes in the mobile OS. Apple realized this and decided to offer a hacker-friendly iPhone to the research community.
Apple first announced the program back in July "to help improve security for all iOS users." Researchers will get to keep the SRD phones they're provided for 12 months, but it's on a renewable basis if they want to keep participating after the year is up. They're obligated to report any vulnerability they find, test or validate on the research device to Apple or to the developer if the bug is in a third-party code.
That said, participants can still take part in Apple's bug bounty program, which has payouts that reach $1 million. They just have to make sure not to use their SRD iPhones for any aspect of the research they're doing for the particular vulnerability they're submitting.
Those interested in participating in the SRD program must be an account holder in the Apple Developer Program and have a proven track record of success in finding security issues on Apple platforms, or other modern OSes and platforms. You’ll also need to be at least 18 years of age and not a current Apple employee (or have worked for the company in the last 12 months).
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