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Huge iOS 7 security flaw exposed

17
Mar
2014

Azimuth Security researcher Tarjei Mandt revealed at the CanSecWest conference last week that hackers can easily exploit a purported iOS 7 security flaw that’s derived from Apple’s intention of actually patching a potential security issue in iOS 6 concerning kernel encryption. “Kernel is the most basic level of an operating system that controls things like security, file management, and resource allocation,” CNET writes, with Mandt saying that “in terms of security, [iOS 7 is] much worse than iOS 6.” In order to encrypt the kernel, Apple uses a random-number generator that has been updated in iOS 7 to provide improved security. However, Mandt says that even though Apple updated its generator, people with malicious intentions knowledgeable about the matter can

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