Apple launches new security program to make iPhones and iPads safer


Apple today officially launched its Apple Security Research Device Program. The program, as the name somewhat implies, is designed to make it easier for researchers to unearth bugs and discover overarching security vulnerabilities in iOS. As part of the initiative, Apple notes that it will provide security researchers with specialized iPhones dedicated to security research “with unique code execution and containment policies.”

Apple first announced its plan to implement the program last year. At the time, Apple said it would provide the specialized iPhones to a carefully curated list of hackers and security researchers. A report from a few months back relayed that the devices will not grant hackers access to decrypted iPhone firmware but that they will be nearly as capable as what Apple’s own engineers use.

Apple also notes that security researchers can apply to be part of the program if they haven’t yet been contacted by Apple directly.  Apple says device availability is limited. The program requirements include a membership in Apple’s developer program and a “proven track record of success in finding security issues on Apple platforms, or other modern operating systems and platforms.”…Read more>>