Apple, like other large companies, values and preserves the safety and smooth functioning of its products. Recently a hacker identified vulnerabilities in the Safari browser, which allowed access to the cameras on iPhones and MacBooks.
As a reward for the feat, the Cupertino company paid around 69,000 euros to the hacker.
Hacker discovers bugs on Safari and receives 69,000 euros in reward
According to the Forbes, the hacker who discovered the vulnerabilities of Safari, received $ 75,000, about 69,000 euros, paid by the Cupertino company.
These zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple's browser allowed an invasion of the iPhones and MacBook cameras, that is, they were bugs with a severe severity.
In short, zero-day vulnerabilities describe a serious security breach that is unknown to both the public and the company responsible for the software. However, these bugs may be known to crackers, who exploit them and take advantage of them until they are identified.
Ryan Pickren was the hacker responsible for this discovery and is said to have 'hammered the browser with codes' until something strange came up.
Pickren sent a report to Apple in December stating vulnerabilities found in Safari. The flaws made it possible to open unsafe websites and allow any attackers to gain access to the camera, from iPhone and MacBook.
To Forbes, the hacker reported that:
A bug like this shows why users should never fully trust that their camera is safe, regardless of the operating system or the manufacturer.
Apple quickly validated all seven errors detected by Pickren, correcting three of them in a new Safari update, supposedly January 13.0.5, as they are considered the most serious.
The remaining bugs, considered to be less serious, were later fixed in version 13.1, released in March.
Thus, Pickren received 69 thousand euros from Apple, however the amount was below what the company offers for the discovery of more serious vulnerabilities, which are about 1.3 million euros.