Over the years, Apple has spent countless hours refining and updating the software being implemented on its devices. The iOS developers at the company comb through seemingly endless lines of code to locate and eradicate bugs that could potentially comprise the security of the information stored by consumers. Unfortunately, not all bugs are squashed by the developers and hackers are often able to exploit these bugs to access private information like previously deleted photos and files, according to a report from Forbes.
This new iOS 12.1 privacy bug was discovered at the Pwn2Own 2018 mobile hacking competition held in Tokyo, which is an annual event that challenges white-hat hackers to find vulnerabilities in popular software being used on mobile devices.
According to the report, hacking duo Richard Zhu and Amat Cama, also known as Fluoroacetate, were able to find and exploit weaknesses in the Safari browser which allowed them to access files and photos that had already been deleted from the iPhone X. The vulnerability was found in a just-in-time (JIT) compiler, which is supposed to make the iPhone faster but has instead left an open door for intruders. Zhu and Cama managed to carry out their JIT exploit through a malicious Wi-Fi access point.