iOS 11 is certainly a solid upgrade as it pertains to new features, but many folks who were quick to update to Apple’s next-gen OS soon began experiencing a wide array of frustrating performance issues. In fact, many are of the mind that iOS 11 is the buggiest OS release we’ve ever seen. Not to fear, Apple earlier this week released iOS 11.1, an update that includes a number of welcome bug fixes, 70 new emojis, and much more.
Incidentally, security researchers this week managed to hack iOS 11.1 just one day after its release. As a section of Trend Micro’s Pwn2Own competition in Tokyo, security researchers from Tencent Keen Security Lab managed to abuse an iPhone 7 running iOS 11.1.
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0(zero) Day Initiative states that researchers, in extension to completing a WiFi abuse that bestowed them code execution abilities, also managed to hack iOS’ Safari browser.
They used a total of four bugs to gain code execution and escalate privileges to allow their rogue application to persist through a reboot. People collected $60,000 for the WiFi exploit and added $50,000 for the resolution reward – a total of $110,000 and 11 Master of Pwn points.
Tencent Keen Security Lab was on the clock once more as they targeted the Safari Browser on the Apple iPhone 7. It caught them just a few seconds to successfully show their achievement, which needed only two bugs – one in the browser and one in a system service to allow their rogue app to persist through a reboot.
A video recapping day 1 events from the security organization can be seen below.