The distinctive M1 chip from Apple has already entered several of the company’s products. These include the MacBooks, iMax, iMac Mini, and iPad Pro. A new report has found that the company’s iPad Pro, including Silicon, has an irreversible security flaw.
According to developer Hector Martin (via PhoneArena), the M1-based iPad Pro suffers from a vulnerability at a hardware level of the M1. In other words, it is a problem that cannot be fixed with a simple software update.
The Cupertino-based giant has clearly violated the requirements of specifying an arm architecture. This means that there is no easy way to solve the problem.
The developer further explained that the bug basically allowed the two applications to exchange data secretly without using common operating system features. While this is a weakness, it, fortunately, does not pose any serious security risk.
Even in the worst-case scenario, this security risk will only enable advertisers to cross-app tracking. Hackers cannot use it to take control of anyone’s device or even steal sensitive information. However, the error still violates the OS security model.
Furthermore, this issue affects every M1 device, which means it can also affect iPhone 12 series as the A14 Bionic is based on the same CPU microarchitecture. The developer says the only way to fix this is to run the entire operating system as a virtual machine (VM).
However, this is not exactly a possible repair of the issue. Hector believes the bug could affect the next-generation M1X chipset as well, but it will be fixed in the following generations in the future.
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