For all of us making fun of Apple's walled garden here, the company only opens once. Case in point: Today, the company revealed that it would produce a limited amount of iOS & # 39; Security Research Devices. & # 39; These appear to be iPhones with far deeper access than available to everyday users, including access to ssh, root shell and & # 39; advanced troubleshooting options. & # 39; A jailbroken iPhone without having to do any jailbreaking.
Apple releases pre-captured research iPhones to security researchers starting next year, and will pay up to $ 1M for zero-click external endurance chain 1945 pic.twitter.com/uiJNhb8AD8ebrit19659003??- Billy Ellis @ Blackhat / Defcon ( @ bellis1000) August 8, 2019
The company announced the announcement at the Black Hat conference today, an update to the bug bounty program it launched three years ago. The deeper access should make researchers' lives much easier and be able to access deeper iOS features without waiting for a jailbreak to be available for each update. Although researchers do not want the same level of access as Apple itself, it is a big step in the right direction – one that will make it easier to catch an increasing number of attacks on Apple's software.
iOS security research device program! pic.twitter.com/4NsKH1DMGd
– Jesse D & # 39; Aguanno (@ 0x30n) August 8, 2019
Remember that these devices will not only be available to some ambitious white hat hackers – you must have some rope. Apple says the program is "open to anyone with an overview of high-quality security studies on any platform." It is a fair compromise; This means that Apple allows security researchers to do their job with deeper access while keeping everyday users safe.
The new devices will be available in 2020.
Via The Verge