Apple updates its latest iOS 14 iPhone system to fix some of the most notorious security vulnerabilities of their popular smartphone. Although Apple’s software is considered one of the most secured phone systems, there are still some hackers that are able to breach the high tech security layers of iOS 14.
Most of the vulnerabilities known on the latest system are called zero-click or interactionless online attacks that can infect a device without the victim so much as click a link or downloading a malware-laced file.
Security experts claimed that some of Apple’s major vulnerabilities are found in its native messaging app, iMessage. But now it appears that Apple has had enough. New research shows that the company took iMessage’s defenses to a whole other level with the release of iOS 14 in September.
iOS 14’s latest security protection called BlastDoor is a sandbox security system that is specifically developed for iPad and iPhone devices. This innovation is expected to prevent serious online attacks and other breaches that are usually carried out in the iMessage chatting app.
However, Apple didn’t release any specific information regarding the new security feature. Although this is the case, Samuel Grob, a security researcher with Google’s Project Zero, highlighted important information about the new security system.
Grob said that “these changes are probably very close to the best that could’ve been done given the need for backward compatibility, and they should have a significant impact on the security of iMessage and the platform as a whole.”
He added that “it’s great to see Apple putting aside the resources for these kinds of large refactorings to improve end-users’ security.”
iOS 14’s BlastDoor security system
The security expert describes that new feature as a tightly sandboxed service that is specifically designed to prevent all untrusted data in the popular messaging app. A sandbox is a security service that executes code separately from the OS, and this one operates within the Messages app.
The new BlastDoor feature will examine all the incoming messages and will inspect their content in a secure environment. This method will prevent any malicious and harmful codes that have are contained inside the messages that are interacting with iOS or accessing the users’ sensitive and essential data.
Apple confirmed that the new security feature will gather the majority of the processing, untrusted data. The tech giant manufacturer also said that the new design has 7+ involved services, allowing it to conduct fine-grained sandboxing rules.
Apple further explained that only IMTransferAgent and apsd processes are required to perform network operations. On the other hand, the new security feature was said to be developed for preventing serious online attacks, such as those sent by hackers using shared cache or brute force attacks.
Apple’s innovation is an important one since many security experts were trying to find iMessage remote code execution bugs over the past few years that could allow an iPhone to be infiltrated with just a text, which BlastDoor should address. And now, the new feature is expected to do this efficiently and prevent them from further breaching the system of users’ iPhones.