Apple sends special iPhones to security research program participants
Reported by MacRumors, Apple has started notifying security researchers that they will start receiving iPhones under the new Apple Security Research Device Program, the company’s program to support security research for its software.
According to the communication, the iPhones provided to the researchers will be loaned for one year with the possibility of extending this period.
Apple is informing the first researchers who will receive these special iPhones starting today, and the Cupertino company says the devices will be sent immediately. Under the terms of the program, participating security researchers will receive loaned iPhones for one year, although it is possible to extend the loan period.
While security researchers have typically jailbroken iPhones in order to conduct research in the past, the iPhones in the program won’t need it and will still allow them to discover potential vulnerabilities.
Apple-supplied iPhones are less locked down than consumer devices, making it easier for researchers to pinpoint serious security holes. These devices are as close as possible to production phones with the latest version of iOS and modern hardware. Researchers won’t need to jailbreak phones to do research, which will allow them to investigate the platform’s security features, and they can run any tools they want to test the system. ‘exploitation.
Security researchers who discover vulnerabilities can submit them to Apple’s program bug bounty program and potentially receive payments of up to $ 1.5 million depending on the severity and extent of the problem they uncover.