Apple Has Launched A Security Research Site And Updated Its Bounty Program

The site includes security reports, real-time status updates, and other features.

Apple launched the Apple Security Research site on Thursday, with the goal of improving how people learn about and monitor security issues. Users can also use the Apple Security Bounty program to report security issues to Apple engineers.

The site’s first post discusses XNU memory safety. XNU is the kernel developed by Apple that runs iOS, iPadOS, and MacOS.

The second post discusses the bounty program’s progress since it was launched in 2016 and opened to all researchers in 2019. Apple stated that it has paid out approximately $20 million to security researchers, with an average payout of about $40,000 in the product category, and has given out 20 separate rewards of $100,000 or more for high-impact issues.

Apple also stated that it is responding to reported security issues more quickly.

“We’ve expanded our team and worked hard to complete an initial evaluation of nearly every report we receive in two weeks, and most in six days,” Apple wrote.

The site also displays detailed bounty information and categories to help people understand what to look for and what kind of reward they might receive. Some rewards are worth $5,000, while others are worth more than $1 million. If your report is rewarded, Apple will notify you via email and a new tracker on the site.

Apple is accepting applications for the 2023 Apple Security Research Device Program from now until November 30. People chosen for the program will be given an iPhone that will allow them to find bugs in iOS more easily.

Check out how iPhones will get USB-C ports, what’s new in iOS 16.1, and how Apple raised the prices of Apple Music and Apple TV Plus for more Apple news.

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