Apple officially launches its Security Research Device Program. Some hackers and security researchers will be able to benefit from a special iPhone to more easily find vulnerabilities. During the summer of 2019 and during the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, Apple announced that certain computer security researchers will have the opportunity to receive a special iPhone in order to help them find bugs and vulnerabilities. in iOS.
This week, the announcement really took shape as part of the Apple Security Research Device program. The first shipments for this test iPhone should therefore take place fairly quickly now.
As a reminder, this is a personalized version of the iPhone that does not include layers and protective features to allow hackers to go deeper, but probably not too much. They can run commands with elevated privileges (ssh and shell root) and have advanced debugging capabilities.
According to Apple, the special device behaves in a manner “as close as possible to a standard iPhone in order to be a representative search target.” It is renewable on a 12-month basis and is not intended for a personal or public use.
For a discovered security vulnerability, it must be promptly reported to Apple. If the bug is in third-party code, the publisher concerned must be notified. Ultimately, the goal is to improve security for all iOS users.