Apple “jailbroken” iPhones to security researchers

Apple has warned security researchers that they will soon be getting their iPhones “jailbroken”. This follows a program Apple launched in July. The program is intended to help in the discovery of security gaps in iOS to eliminate them.

These are jailbroken iPhones based on what can be done. Security researchers are given SSH and root access. This is not possible with an iPhone that you buy in a store. However, it is possible with the jailbreak.

With its iPhone program “jailbroken” for security researchers, Apple sets four rules:

The iPhone is made available for 12 months (with the option of renewal) and remains the property of Apple. The iPhone is not intended to be the security researcher’s primary smartphone. Any discovery of a security breach must be reported to Apple immediately. Any researcher who finds a bug with the iPhone can be rewarded with Apple’s Bug Bounty program

Given this program, we can expect more protection at the iOS level in the coming months. It will also be interesting to see if this affects the jailbreak. Better protection is good news for users. For jailbreak enthusiasts, this is less the case as the loopholes are required to gain full access.

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