Google Exposed Serious Vulnerabilities in iMessage App on iOS

Tajammul Pangarkar
Tajammul Pangarkar

Updated · Jul 31, 2019

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Google’s team of bug-hunters is working to find the flaws in most of the popular apps and also online services. Recently, the group of Google Bug-hunters exposed severe vulnerabilities in the iMessage app on iOS. Not just one, but the team of bug-hunters exposed five vulnerabilities or flaws in the iMessage app, which is pretty popular and by almost every Apple smartphone user. With these vulnerabilities, the iMessage app is prone to hacker attacks, and if that happens, it would be disastrous for Apple. According to the bug-hunter team, one of the vulnerabilities is so critical that if exploited, the user would have no option other than formatting the device to regain access to the smartphone.

The flaws are so severe that Apple immediately released the patch to fix some of them. The second critical flaw would allow hackers to copy all of the files from the affected smartphone without owners permissions. The automated attacks were so dangerous that there is nothing owner can do to trigger or stop the attack. After reporting the flaws to Apple, the company immediately released the update to fix the flaws. But after Apple released the update, Google Bug-hunter team found a sixth flaw, which is also rated as SEVERE.

Apple has not yet released an update for the sixth vulnerability. Till the update is released, all of the iOS Devices are at the risk of attack from the hackers as a single vulnerability is still unpatched. According to Prof Alan Woodward, a cyber-security expert at the University of Surrey, finding the vulnerabilities in popular software program is pretty standard. Also, he praised Google Zero team of bug-hunters for taking note of such flaws. Google build the Zero team to uncover the undocumented Cyber vulnerabilities and help the companies to patch those flaws as soon as possible.

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.