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Apple may soon hand special iPhones to security researchers

Apple iPhone are seen at an Apple Store in Cupertino, California on July 13, 2019. (Photo by Yichuan Cao/Sipa USA)

Being the most popular electronic brand, Apple is still leading the market with its latest and unique featured iPhones which are just like the other name of luxury.

The tech giant has planned to provide researchers, a part of its invite-only bug bounty program with iPhones that aren’t as locked down as the consumer version. Forbes says they won’t be as open as the ones reserved for the company’s employees, but they might be open enough to give researchers a way to look at the device more closely.

The phones could, for instance, give the participants a way to inspect parts of the OS or specific components, such as the memory, to look for vulnerabilities.

In addition, the company is reportedly launching its long-delayed bug bounty program for Mac. Earlier this year, a researcher discovered an exploit that would allow bad actors to grab passwords from login and system keychains without requiring administrator privileges.

He refused to tell Apple the vulnerability’s details, however, to protest the fact that its bug bounty program only pays out for iOS bugs and not for macOS ones.

Apple will start providing security researchers special iPhones and will finally launch a bug bounty program for Mac, according to Forbes. Cupertino giant will reportedly announce those security measures at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas later this week in an effort to strengthen its flawed bug bounty program.

As Patrick Wardle, a principal security researcher at Jamf that found several issues in macOS, told Forbes: “If you’re a large, well-resourced company such as Apple, who claims to place a premium on security, having a bug-bounty program is a no brainer.” Providing rewards to security researchers for uncovering flaws in hardware and software could compel them to report the vulnerabilities to the company, making Apple’s products safer and more secure.

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Jack Paulson

Jack Paulson

Jack is a 2004 graduate of De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. After over a decade working office jobs, he decided to start his own news publication. He mainly focuses on technology articles and editorials. He loves to listen to music and play with gadgets in his spare time.

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