An Apple Store in London. (Jon Rawlinson, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Apple last May patched a vulnerability in the Apple Wireless Direct Link (AWDL) protocol that can be remotely exploited to steal data from an iPhone and access its camera or microphone, without any user interaction.

In a highly technical blog post, researcher Ian Beer of Google Project Zero said that after discovering the flaw, he spent the next six months creating a "wormable radio-proximity exploit" that "allows me to gain complete control over any iPhone in my vicinity," provided that he's within the device's Wi-Fi range.

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