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News(FYI): Apple patches iPhone jailbreaking bug (watchOS (5.3.1), tvOS (12.4.1), and macOS Mojave too)


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From ZDNet https://www.zdnet.com/article/apple-patches-iphone-jailbreaking-bug/#ftag=CAD-03-10abf5f

“Apple has released today an iOS security update to patch a bug the company accidentally un-patched in an earlier release, introducing a security weakness that has allowed hackers to craft new jailbreaks for current iOS versions.

The original bug, discovered by Ned Williamson, a Google Project Zero security engineer, allows a malicious app to exploit a "user-after-free" vulnerability and run code with system privileges in the iOS kernel.

iOS version 12.4.1, released today, re-patches this bug that was initially fixed in iOS 12.3 but was accidentally unpatched in iOS 12.4, last month.

Sadly, Apple's blunder didn't go unnoticed and earlier this month, a security researcher named Pwn20wnd released a public exploit based on Williamson's bug that could be used to jailbreak up-to-date iOS devices and grant users complete control over their iPhones.


Additional security updates have also been released for watchOS (5.3.1), tvOS (12.4.1), and macOS Mojave (10.14.6), where the bug also allows hackers to run code with elevated privileges.”

Edited by Arcadia
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