“Unfixable” iPhone flaw – how bad is it?

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When you see headlines like unfixable security flaw and iphone how do you feel?

If you are packing the Apple phone you will understandably be really worried so to help make sense of it all, we will take a look at what is going on here.

The vulnerability known as checkm8 (checkmate) is very severe. It has the ability to overwrite the ROM of your iPhone or iPad within 2 seconds changing the way that your phone starts up. This means that malicious code can run even before the iOS operating system starts up potentially opening your idevice up to comprehensive control and surveillance functions.

Black hat hackers and state level intelligence organisations will obviously be drooling over this kind of access that comes with this vulnerability.

But how bad is it?
Let’s take a look at what it will take to exploit the flaw.

  • Affects iPhones using the A5 through to the A11 chip (iPhone 4s to iPhone X, iPad Mini 2 to iPad and iPad Pro 2nd Generation)
  • Affects Nintendo Switch
  • Physical access required
  • Lasts until device is restarted

So while the effects are pretty severe, the conditions needed to be at risk are pretty specific. Typically your device will need to actually be in the hands of someone and even if that happens, you can make sure your device is not at risk by simply applying the world’s best tech fix.
Turn it off and back on.

Is it scary? If you let your phone out of your sight or if you have to hand it over for what ever reason? Sure.
However simply restarting your phone if you are ever in doubt will at least address this risk.

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