iOS 14.4 was released to the public today. While the update brings in many features, and fixes, to the iPhone, it patches two critical vulnerabilities that could have, or may already have been exploited.
Various security flaws have been found in Bluetooth in the past. Today, yet another security flaw has been discovered in versions of Bluetooth from 4.0 to 5.0. However, if you are an iPhone user, you are less susceptible to this security flaw.
Apple’s devices are known for being secure. And the Cupertino-based tech giant keeps on improving the security on its device every year. Last year, Apple took a major step to make Macs even more secure by introducing a process called “Notarization.” In this process, developers have to submit their apps to Apple where it checks the app for malicious content and security issues. If the app passes the test, a security feature on Mac dubbed Gatekeeper allows the app to run. However, it has now come to light that Apple had accidentally allowed malware to run on Macs.
Apple introduced not only new features and performance improvements with iOS 14, but also improved the privacy and security aspects of the operating system. A few weeks ago, a security issue was discovered in iOS 13 as it allowed apps and widgets to read clipboard data without notifying the user. Now, Apple seems to have fixed it with iOS 14.
Apple has announced open-source Password Manager Resources for developers. This is aimed at helping developers of password manager apps to create stronger password for popular websites.
Remember drug lord Pablo Escobar? Well, his brother Roberto Escobar is suing Apple for sloppy security measures on iPhones. He claimed that he was almost killed due to Apple’s incompetence when it comes to smartphone security, and he wants the company to pay him $2.6 billion for it.
Researchers often sell information regarding critical security vulnerabilities. They can either report to Apple and stake a claim in its bug-bounty program or sell the vulnerability to a ‘bug broker.’ Zerodium is one such company that acts as an intermediary between developers and buyers. Zerodium has now announced that it has stopped acquiring new Apple iOS, Safari RCE, or sandbox escapes for the next 2-3 months.
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Until recently iPhones have known to be virtually unhackable. Things changed in 2016 when researchers unearthed in the wild attack on an iPhone. Now a San Francisco based security company named ZecOps has found two Zero-Day exploits for iOS. Apple has been informed of the same and the patch has already appeared on the latest iOS 13.4.5 Beta.
Apple has been at the forefront of smartphone innovation, especially when it comes to data security and user privacy. Apparently, various Android smartphone brands follow the Cupertino-based firm’s Secure Enclave model for enhanced security on their devices.
A new report claims that Android phones have gotten tougher to crack than iPhones over the past couple of years. This is opposite to most consumers’ belief that iPhones are safer in comparison.