At the Black Hat conference that took place last week, an annual event created for the InfoSec community, Ivan Krstic, Apple's chief security engineer, announced the launch of a new program with which the Cupertino they will pay people who discover bugs and vulnerabilities important security in the company's software. How much? Well, nothing less than $ 200,000.
This is the first time Apple pays to find these types of bugs, but it is not a new program. Other companies responsible for important operating systems, such as Google (Android) and Microsoft (Windows), have already launched their bug bounty programs with those who pay large sums of money to any user who finds this type of failures in their operating systems.
Finding vulnerabilities in Apple software is rewarded
The new program bug bounty Apple is part of The company's effort to open up to hackers, security researchers and cryptographers who want to help improve the security of the company.
The prize of $ 200,000 It will not take any discovery, but it is the maximum that Cupertino will pay for finding security flaws in their software. In this way, the fifth million dollars will be taken by the discoverers of failures in firmware components Secure boot, while other smaller vulnerabilities, such as access from a sandbox process to user data outside the sandbox, will receive “only” $ 25,000.
The new program will be launched in sometime in september, just the month in which iOS 10 will be officially launched. Remember that the next version of iOS, at least in today's betas, does not have the encrypted kernel. Apple, like other security specialists, says security will not be compromised and that security flaws will be found and corrected sooner. The best example is Ubuntu, a system that is more secure than iOS and does not have the encrypted kernel. In addition, they have also promised that they will release more updates, something that undoubtedly will not please jailbreak fans.
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