There was a sudden announcement made by Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture, Ivan Krstić, that the company would pay for some susceptibilities found in specific facets of iCloud and iOS. The payouts will be made on the basis of category and severity and is invitation only. The fee ranges from $25000 to $200,000 it could be lesser also. The announcement came in a presentation made by Krstić in Las Vegas at Black Hat security research conference.

Disclosure of security related to HomeKit, iCloud Keychain and AutoUnlock and certain technical details were also incorporated in the presentation.

Apple Publicizes Invitation: Only Bug Reward Program
Apple Publicizes Invitation: Only Bug Reward Program

The payout offered isn’t sufficient to daunt those purely in it for the cash, as major faults can command cash from malevolent and authentic parties similar that far surpasses Apple’s top rates. But it could help persuade examiners to reveal glitches to Apple and continue to be quiet till the bugs are fixed. In some cases in the past few years, those who had learned vulnerabilities went open after they decided enough time had passed without Apple coming out with updates.

There are five categories of bugs which have been listed by Krstić:

  • Secure boot firmware components ($200,000 cap)
  • Extraction of confidential material protected by the Secure Enclave Processor ($100,000 cap)
  • Execution of arbitrary code with kernel privileges ($50,000 cap)
  • Unauthorized access to iCloud account data on Apple servers ($50,000 cap)
  • Access from a sandboxed process to user data outside of that sandbox ($25,000 cap)

Every facet signifies main trajectories for attack by administrations and offenders equally. While iOS has not once had exploits spread considerably, the jailbreaking software has made use of numerous ways of running arbitrary code. In a different presentation of Black Hat, the makers of the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9 which was fixed in 9.2 explained how they accomplished to execute the code.

Those asked to apply are required to give a proof of their model which works on the present hardware and software.


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