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TechnologyApple extends bug bounty and provides special iPhones for researchers

20:52  09 august  2019
20:52  09 august  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Extending its bug bounty program to all of its platforms is a long time coming for Apple , and perhaps motivated by Earlier this year, a security researcher revealed that he discovered a flaw in macOS that could expose user passwords but refused to provide details to Apple because of the lack of a

What makes these iPhones special ? One source with knowledge of the Apple announcement said Releasing a similar device to security researchers who participate in the bug bounty program will Apple is also planning to announce a new macOS bounty program, which will provide rewards to

Apple wants everyone to know that it's taking security seriously, and it's willing to pay for it. The company announced today that it is launching a new bug bounty program that will pay people up to $1 million for discovering and disclosing security flaws in macOS, tvOS, watchOS and iCloud. The company also revealed that it will provide security researchers with special iPhones to help them discover bugs before hackers do, according to Bloomberg. The iPhone program had been rumored earlier this week.

Apple extends bug bounty and provides special iPhones for researchers

By including its other operating systems, Apple is extending the bug bounty program that it first launched for iOS in 2016. Researchers who discover security flaws that affect platforms other than iOS are eligible to receive payouts as large as $200,000. That is the same price Apple initially offered as a maximum reward for its iOS program. The company boosted that payout to $1 million today, only for iOS flaws that allow an attacker to gain full access to an iPhone or iPad without any physical interaction with the device. The company also added a $500,000 tier reward for security shortcomings that allow hackers to access user data.

Apple offers record 'bounty' to researchers who find iPhone security flaws

Apple offers record 'bounty' to researchers who find iPhone security flaws Apple offers record 'bounty' to researchers who find iPhone security flaws

Apple is reportedly planning to provide security researchers with special iPhones that will make it easier for them to find security loopholes. According to sources quoted by Forbes , the new scheme will be part of the company’s new invite-only bug bounty program that will be announced at the ongoing

But even then, Apple 's bug bounty program remained invite-only, open to researchers approved by Cupertino. As actual in-the-wild attacks on the iPhone have mounted, the security community has criticized Apple for not opening up further to researchers who might have helped fixed its bugs

Extending its bug bounty program to all of its platforms is a long time coming for Apple, and perhaps motivated by people withholding disclosure of bugs because of the lack of incentive. Earlier this year, a security researcher revealed that he discovered a flaw in macOS that could expose user passwords but refused to provide details to Apple because of the lack of a bounty program for the operating system.

The Verge, Bloomberg

Apple's 2020 iPhones could have in-display fingerprint readers.
While rivals like Samsung and Huawei have been rocking in-screen fingerprint sensors for a while now, Apple has been relying on Face ID since the iPhone X. That might change soon, however, according to a report from Bloomberg's reputable Apple leaker, Mark Gurman. The company is reportedly developing in-screen fingerprint tech that will work in concert with Face ID and might be ready as early as 2020. Front fingerprint readers like Apple's original Touch ID are generally more convenient than those on the back of smartphones. However, modern, all-screen smartphones require front-facing sensors to be embedded under the screen.

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