Tokyo: Two hackers have managed to crack into the iPhone X’s operating system and even recover the deleted data, which was part of a bug bounty program. They received a reward of $50,000 for finding the exploit at the Mobile Pwn2Own.
According to the Forbes report, this hack was demonstrated at the Mobile contest where hackers were unveiling the bugs on Android and iOS-based operating smartphones.
The two hackers Richard Zhu and Amat Cama explained that the iPhone X which was running on the latest firmware iOS 12.1 was still vulnerable and a hacker could crack in and even restore a deleted file or photo with ease.
These hackers discovered a way to recover the deleted photos remotely, as the photos deleted from the iPhone don’t get deleted immediately, but it remains in the Recently Deleted folder for up to 40 days.
They found a vulnerability in the just-in-time (JIT) compiler. This compiler was compromised and the hackers could gain access to the folder with ease. The hack was demonstrated at an event where the hackers attacked the phone using a malicious Wi-Fi access point.
Apple has been informed about the vulnerability and we assume that the company will release a bug fix at the earliest.