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New checkm8 exploit can jailbreak millions of iOS devices

An independent researcher who goes by the Twitter handle axi0mX has discovered and published an iOS jailbreak exploit that applies to hundreds of millions of devices and cannot be patched. Named checkm8, the exploit leverages a race condition vulnerability found in the bootrom, a read-only memory chip that contains the first code that initially loads…

Apple updates software, fixes flaw affecting third-party keyboard apps

Apple last week released a series of software updates that repaired vulnerabilities in iOS, iPadOS, macOS Mojave, macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, watchOS, tvOS, Apple TV Software and Safari. This included a fix for an iOS/iPadOS flaw that, due to improper sandbox restrictions, can grant third-party keyboard extensions full access to iPhone, iPad and iPod…

Reports say China devised iPhone malware campaign to track Muslims; Android and Windows devices also targeted

A recently exposed malware campaign that used watering-hole attacks to target iPhone users for more than two years was reportedly part of an effort to track Uyghur Muslims based in China’s Xinjiang state. The campaign was actually broader than originally thought, and attempted to infect Android and Microsoft Windows devices as well, reports are also…

Apple issues seven updates, fixes more than 40 vulnerabilities in iOS 8, OS 10.9.5

Watering-hole attack campaign designed to infect iOS users via exploit chains

Researchers at Google’s Project Zero yesterday lifted the curtain on a long-running mobile malware operation that for years attempted to infect iOS device users with a malware implant, using exploits delivered via a small number of compromised websites. In an online blog post report, Google researcher Ian Beer did not reveal the specific websites that…

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iOS 12.4 update reintroduced old bug, enabling jailbreak for current devices

Apple’s latest iOS update reportedly undid a patch that was introduced in the previous release, a mistake that allowed a security researcher to publish a jailbreak for the most up-to-date version of the operating system. The unpatched vulnerability is CVE-2019-8605, an arbitrary code execution bug caused by a use-after-free condition. Working in tandem with Google…

Apple to expand bug bounty program, offer researchers access to iOS, iPhones

Apple is drastically overhauling its bug bounty program, eliminating its invitation-only status, increasing its rewards, expanding it to include MacOS and other operating systems, and even agreeing to supply qualified researchers with special iPhones that are easier to probe for vulnerabilities. Apple’s head of security engineering Ivan Krstic announced these changes last week at the…

High-volume eGobbler malvertising campaign exploits zero-day Chrome bug

A malicious actor has been leveraging a Google Chrome browser exploit to deliver malvertisements to iOS users, including a campaign earlier this month during which 500 million user sessions were exposed to a session hijacking attack. Dubbed eGobbler by researchers at Confiant, the threat actor from April 6-10 ran a massive operation consisting of eight…

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