Apple Accidentally Unpatches Serious Vulnerability in iOS

Tajammul Pangarkar
Tajammul Pangarkar

Updated · Aug 23, 2019

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Google’s Project Zero team is constantly working to find the vulnerabilities in the software and online platforms. Recently, Google Project Zero team found a vulnerability in iOS 12.2 version and immediately reported to Apple. The company reportedly issued the patch update to fix the problem in iOS 12.3 version. But with the latest update released in July, Apple has an accidentally unpatched vulnerability. The iOS 12.4 comes with the mistakenly unpatched the previously reported bug. A user tested the jailbreak on the latest iOS 12.4 update and confirmed that the issue is still present in the operating system from Apple.

Ned Williamson, who is working with Google’s Project Zero team officially confirmed the existence of the once-patched bug in iOS. With this bug, the users can jailbreak the operating system and execute malicious code on the device. This is very dangerous as the jailbroken iPhones are at the risk of getting hacked and the privacy issues. Prominent security researcher Jonathan Levin said that any iOS-based device running on iOS 12.3 version is safe. But if the device is not running on iOS 12.3, then it is vulnerable. As of now, the only updated version of iOS is 12.4 and is vulnerable. Unfortunately, the users cannot move back to the older versions of iOS as the company has disabled the feature.

The reported bug is now a 100+ Days exploit, which means the issue was first discovered over 100 days ago. As the vulnerability is still live, a popular iOS hacker released the Jailbreak version of iOS 12.4, with many people using it on their device. The user pwn2own said that the issue is useful for creating a perfect Spyware for iOS devices. Also, the user confirmed the possibility of other discreet hackers exploiting the bug for personal benefits.

Tajammul Pangarkar

Tajammul Pangarkar

Tajammul Pangarkar is a CMO at Prudour Pvt Ltd. Tajammul longstanding experience in the fields of mobile technology and industry research is often reflected in his insightful body of work. His interest lies in understanding tech trends, dissecting mobile applications, and raising general awareness of technical know-how. He frequently contributes to numerous industry-specific magazines and forums. When he’s not ruminating about various happenings in the tech world, he can usually be found indulging in his next favorite interest - table tennis.