Serious Security Issue Detected in Almost a Billion Apple Devices

Apple has frequently been hailed as a trailblazer in terms of online security because of the fact that it has been so open with consumers about how their data is being used and why, along with facilitating the creation of platforms whereby users can actually gain a lot more information about their data giving them more control over it in a day and age where a blatant disregard for consumer rights and privacy has become the norm for big tech companies that are making billions of dollars in profit.

However, CheckPoint a cyber security firm, recently conducted a research and revealed that nearly billion or so active iPhones in the world are actually pretty susceptible to hacking, something that goes against what Apple stakes it reputation on. The flaw that would allow a malicious actor to gain access to your device can be found in the contacts app.

The flaw in question comes from the SQLite database engine that the Contacts app uses to keep all of your contacts in order and store all of their information in a manner that would make it a lot easier for you to keep track of them all in all. While the SQLite database engine is used very commonly in a lot of different applications, it has a vulnerability that could potentially give someone access to your device thereby making it a liability that Apple will need to deal with sooner rather than later.

The secure boot mechanism that has been put in place can be bypassed by manipulating the SQLite database engine, and this leaves pretty much every iPhone out there susceptible to some kind of cyber attack. However, you shouldn’t worry too much about this since Apple will probably fix the issue pretty soon and malicious actors won’t really get the time to act on this information soon enough.

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Hat Tip: AppleInsider.
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