Apple warning for MILLIONS because the gadget has a hack bug that the update CANNOT fix

APPLE users are on high alert as a security vulnerability has been revealed with no solution.

The hack attacks the device’s hardware, meaning a software patch from Apple will not fix the problem.

IT experts from MIT discovered the vulnerability


IT experts from MIT discovered the vulnerability

The scheme uses the “Pointer Authentication” techniques used by Apple’s M1 computer chip.

Pointer authentication security tools flag code maliciously modified.

It depends on a digital signature called Pointer Authentication Code (PAC) – guessing a PAC wrong will cause the computer to stutter and crash.

“The idea behind pointer authentication is that if all else has failed, you can still rely on attackers to take control of your system,” MIT researchers told Digital Trends.

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But a new hack opens a side channel where PACs can be guessed without triggering security alerts.

Cybersecurity experts have dubbed the vulnerability PACMAN.

“We have shown that pointer authentication as a last line of defense is not as absolute as we once thought,” the researchers said.

However, for PACMAN to act against users, there must also be a software vulnerability, the authors of the study told The Register in an email.

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Apple has responded to the vulnerability.

“Based on our analysis and the details provided to us by the researchers, we have concluded that this issue does not pose an immediate risk to our users and is not sufficient to bypass the operating system security measures alone.”

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Apple is keen to keep PACMAN under wraps while the M2 chip rolls out with new Macbooks.

The next generation of computer chips will power the Macbook Air unveiled at Apple’s WWDC. Apple warning for MILLIONS because the gadget has a hack bug that the update CANNOT fix

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