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Apple is planning to supply special iPhones to security researchers next year to help them find security flaws in iOS. The devices will be made available to researchers that report bugs through the company’s invitation-only bug bounty program for iOS. Apple first launched this bug bounty program three years ago at the Black Hat conference, and it’s now extending its use at the same conference today to cover macOS, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and more.
Apple’s iOS Security Research Device program will be available to researchers with a track record of high-quality security research on any platform, so not every regular developer will be able to access these devices. The handsets will come with ssh, a root shell, and advanced debug capabilities, all designed to make it easier for security researchers to spot bugs.
Apple extends bug bounty and provides special iPhones for researchers
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. By including its other operating systems, Apple is extending the bug bounty program that it first launched for iOS in 2016.
While these special iPhone dev devices will be more open to security researches, they won’t have the deep level of access that internal Apple developers and the company’s security team have.
iOS security research device program! pic.twitter.com/4NsKH1DMGd— Jesse D'Aguanno (@0x30n) August 8, 2019
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As usual, Apple's latest batch of iPhones aren't exactly surprising, thanks to plenty of detailed leaksthroughout the year. Today, the company unveiled the iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max, its high-end smartphones that'll join the slightly cheaper iPhone 11. You might have noticed the name changes this time around: the Pro models are direct successors to last year's "XS" phones, while the 11 is the cheaper alternative following the iPhone XR. There are a few design changes, like a "surgical-grade stainless steel" case and matte finish, but the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are more focused on cramming in as much power as possible.
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