Apple is stepping up app verification through new App Attest API
The DeviceCheck feature will get an overhaul in iOS 14, with the all-new App Attest API being added for more effective defenses against security threats. Apple has issued an advisory to iOS app developers, recommending that they make the most of the brand-new application programming interface (API) that will complement their app integrity protection with an extra layer. The functionality is part of the existing DeviceCheck service aimed at minimizing the abuse of code tailored for iOS platform.
Apple’s Secure Enclave is exposed to a new unpatchable exploit
Hackers claim to have discovered a flaw in several generations of the Secure Enclave chip that cannot be fixed because it’s exploitable at the hardware level. Secure Enclave, the proprietary technology used by Apple to step up the security of users’ data, is front-page news once again – this time, in a negative context.
Apple’s Face ID will likely get a boost
iPhone and iPad users have been familiar with the Face ID technology since 2017 when it made its debut with the release of the iPhone X. It’s generally thought of as a handy and highly secure way to unlock devices and even make purchases without having to enter passwords. The facial recognition routine is not perfectly accurate in every situation, though. The so-called “evil twin” attack demonstrates how a potential adversary can be erroneously identified as the legitimate device owner based on similar face patterns.
Researcher unveils a new macOS security flaw
A developer has found a vulnerability that allows an attacker to bypass privacy protections in macOS Mojave and later versions of the operating system. The exploit was discovered by a macOS developer named Jeff Johnson in September 2019 but hadn’t been disclosed to the public until late June 2020. The reason for this gap is that the enthusiast reported his findings to the Apple Security Bounty Program the day it was launched in an attempt to get a reward.
Safari 14 will introduce Face ID and Touch ID for the web
Apple is bridging the gap between its proprietary biometric authentication features and websites for a seamless sign-in experience not relying on passwords. Those using an iPhone, an iPad, or a MacBook with the Touch Bar onboard should be familiar with the Face ID and Touch ID features. They enable biometric authentication to log into applications so instead of the traditional username and password combo. Apple is planning to extend the use cases of these mechanisms far beyond apps and services.
WWDC 2020 event unveils Apple’s new security and privacy features
Apple has recently announced groundbreaking tweaks to both iOS and macOS that will efficiently counter several common types of unethical user tracking. This year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is shaping up to be very promising in terms of the privacy and security combo. Although the company has departed from the usual format and is holding the event in a “no in-person attendance” mode in 2020 for obvious reasons, the overall informative stuffing is definitely at a decent level.