Google Releases an iPhone Hacking Tool: We will talk about Ian Beer, who is a well-known name among many iOS bug bounty hunters. Ian Beer who works for Google Project Zero had just released a proof-of-concept tool that permits security researchers and developers to hack into the iOS 11.1.2. Google Project Zero basically identifies bugs of different platforms to make them more secure.
Well, iOS 11.1.2 is the recent version of Apple’s operating system and Google’s Project Zero had released the proof-of-concept tool for developers to hack into the latest iOS 11.1.2. According to Ian Beer, the released tool utilizes the exploit known as ‘tfp0’.
Ian Beer wrote “tfp0 should work for all devices, the PoC local kernel debugger only for those I have to test on (iPhone 7, 6s and iPod Touch 6G) but adding more support should be easy”
“If you’re interested in bootstrapping iOS 11 kernel security research keep a research-only device on iOS 11.1.2 or below. Part I (tfp0) release soon,”
iOS 11.1.2, now with more kernel debugging: https://t.co/PIKbD3Gwx9
— Ian Beer (@i41nbeer) December 11, 2017
While speaking to Motherboard, Google explained that Ian Beer’s goal is to allow developers and security researcher to investigate and test iOS security systems without the need to generate and find their own exploits. So you could say that the search giant Google just gave other researchers a head start to carry out their own research.
According to Google, the primary goal of them is to help researchers find other vulnerabilities and report them to Apple so that they get fixed before it went to the wrong hands.
Motherboard said “While it might seem surprising that Google would release a tool to hack a device from a competitor, it actually makes a lot of sense. The iPhone is one of the hardest consumer devices to hack, and researchers who can do that and are able to find bugs in it rarely report the bugs or publish the tools they use because they are so valuable”
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