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Apple will now pay hackers up to $1 million for reporting vulnerabilities

Apple will now pay hackers up to $1 million for reporting vulnerabilities”

Unlike other technology providers, Apple previously offered rewards only to invited researchers who tried to find flaws in its phones and cloud backups. The program is open for researchers with a proven track record of making impactful security-oriented contributions, with the goal being to make it easier for experienced bug hunters to work on Apple's devices.

The bug bounty programme was first launched for iOS in 2016.

The special devices will be different from the regular iPhones, as it will come with ssh, a root shell, and advanced debug capabilities to ensure identification of bugs.

The release of a macOS bug bounty program is particularly important, after teen hacker Linuz Henze found a serious vulnerability in the macOS keychain earlier this year, but declined to share it with Apple as a protest against the company's lack of a bug bounty for macOS.

The hack is known as a zero-click full chain kernel execution attack. Earlier this year, a safety researcher revealed that he found a flaw in macOS that would expose person passwords however refused to provide details to Apple due to the shortage of a bounty program for the working system. In June, researcher Patrick Wardle spotted a flaw that would make it possible for intruders to bypass security prompts in the company's macOS software, as Wired reported. That means anyone who can get to the core of Apple's iOS operating system and gain control of an iPhone in a way that wouldn't require any user interaction would be eligible for the payout, as Forbes and TechCrunch explain.

The Verge wrote: "While these special iPhone dev devices will be more open to security researchers, they won't have the deep level of access that internal Apple developers and the company's security team have". There will now be incentives for finding bugs in any of Apple's platforms, regardless of whether you're an established security expert or just a grassroots hacker sitting at home. Imagine paying a mere 1M to avoid a public fiasco where all of your users get owned.

Although the $1 million may sound mouth-watering, this type of bugs can sell over that price.



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