Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS XJune 17, 2015 – 9:14 PM
Six university researchers have revealed deadly zero-day flaws in Apple’s iOS and OS X, claiming it is possible to crack Apple’s password-storing keychain, break app sandboxes, and bypass its App Store security checks.
Attackers can exploit these bugs to steal passwords from installed apps, including the native email client, without being detected.
The team was able to upload malware to Apple’s app stores, and passed the vetting processes without triggering any alarms. That malware, when installed on a victim’s Mac, raided the keychain to steal passwords for services including iCloud and the Mail app, and all those stored within Google Chrome.
Lead researcher Luyi Xing told El Reg he and his team complied with Apple’s request to withhold publication of the research for six months, but had not heard back as of the time of writing.
They say the holes are still present in Apple’s software, meaning their work will likely be consumed by miscreants looking to weaponize the work.
Apple was not available for immediate comment.