Playing A Song Could Hack Your iPhone, But Apple Fixed It In iOS 10.3

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Playing A Song Could Hack Your iPhone, But Apple Fixed It In iOS 10.3
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So far we have heard numerous ways in which an iPhone can be hacked, but this new way had been unheard of. It’s been reported that hackers could infect your handset by sending you a song, but don’t worry. Apple has already killed that vulnerability.

How could a song hack your iPhone?

This bug, defined as a memory corruption flaw, was disclosed by an anonymous hacker working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI). Apart from the iPhone, this bug could affect the Apple TV and watchOS as well. With iOS 10.3, Apple fixed two vulnerabilities that allowed malware to run as soon as an audio file is played on the handset. The company used “improved input validation” to address the issue, according to Forbes.

This vulnerability is quite similar to the one discovered in Google’s Android operating system in 2015. At that time, researchers found that they could put an exploit code in MP3s and MP4s. This time, the issue is with MP4s which were used by the anonymous hacker to breach Apple’s security. A lack of proper validation of the length of user-supplied data on iOS supported the bug.

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