What you need to know
- A new Google report has revealed several bugs that were previously present in Apple software.
- The zero-click bugs have been patched by Apple.
- The problems revolved mostly around multimedia processing.
A new report published by Google today has revealed several zero-click bugs affecting all of Apple's major operating systems, problems which have all since been patched.
The bugs involved using multimedia processing, specifically through messenger services that automatically transfer new images, audio, and video to your phone's OS, before processing it. (e.g. when someone sends you a photo in WhatsApp and it appears in your camera roll)
One of the important features of the issue is that it requires no interaction on the part of the user, as the processing components are triggered automatically. As ZDnet notes:
Google said that they were able to use a technique called "fuzzing" (feeding Image I/O unexpected input to check for abnormalities) to find six vulnerabilities in Image I/O and eight in OpenEXR. Google reiterated that none of these bugs could be used to take over devices. It further noted that all of the bugs had now been fixed.
The report further suggested that Apple continue testing of this nature on both operating system libraries and messenger apps.
You can read the full report here.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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