Apple Launches New Security Research Website

Apple today introduced Apple Security Research, a new website that is dedicated to improving the methods available to security researchers for reporting issues to Apple. The site offers up tools for sending Apple security reports, getting real-time status updates, and communicating with Apple engineers.

apple security research
In addition to housing information on the Apple Security Bounty program, the website is a blog that will allow the Apple engineering teams to share the latest advances in Apple security. The first post delves into XNU memory safety.

Apple today also shared progress that it has made with the Apple Security Bounty program. In the last two and a half years, Apple has awarded close to $20 million in payments to researchers. Average payouts are around $40,000 in the Product category, and Apple has paid 20 separate rewards over $100,000 for high-impact issues.

Apple says that it is now responding to issues more quickly than before, and has made it easier to report issues and communicate with Apple's teams through the launch of the new website. All bug report status changes are reflected in a new tracker available on the website, which also makes it easier for Apple to collect more information on bugs.

Transparency has been improved as well, with the site offering detailed Apple Security Bounty information and evaluation criteria so researchers have a better idea of what will earn a reward.

Today through November 30, 2022, Apple is accepting applications for the 2023 Apple Security Research Device Program, which provides qualified individuals with an iPhone that is designed specifically to make finding bugs easier.

Top Rated Comments

BGPL Avatar
14 weeks ago
Wonder if this means their VPN is gonna get fixed.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ProfessionalFan Avatar
14 weeks ago
I would like to think nobody can find a negative about this program. Seems good and useful.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spaceboi Scaphandre Avatar
14 weeks ago
Bet you $5 this is to get ready for sideloading. Since the Digital Markets Act goes live next month they're gonna get forced to enable it and alternative app stores by March 2024 just like how they're now having to move the iPhone to USB-C.

They're gonna have to open up eventually so this new bounty program and the SRD is gonna be used to close as many vulnerabilities as possible before that time comes.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
frou Avatar
14 weeks ago
Looks like it's committing the sin of many homegrown blog systems: Not having an RSS feed!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ghanwani Avatar
14 weeks ago
The best security is when you are disconnected. AI/ML decides when there’s a security threat and drops the WiFi connection. Folks think the connectivity loss is a bug, but it's actually a feature.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
antiprotest Avatar
14 weeks ago
I like security.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iOS 16

iOS 16.3 Now Available for Your iPhone With These 4 New Features

Friday February 3, 2023 1:13 pm PST by
Apple released iOS 16.3 in late January following nearly six weeks of beta testing. The software update is available for the iPhone 8 and newer, and while it is a relatively minor update, it still includes a handful of new features, changes, and bug fixes. Below, we've recapped new features in iOS 16.3, including support for physical security keys as a two-factor authentication option for...
HomePod 2 White and Midnight Feature Purple Blue

Apple Explains Why HomePod Was Released Again, Wi-Fi 4 Limitation, and More

Thursday February 2, 2023 7:57 am PST by
Apple's VP of hardware engineering Matthew Costello and product marketing employee Alice Chan recently spoke with Men's Journal and TechCrunch about the new second-generation HomePod in wide-ranging interviews about the smart speaker. Apple discontinued the original full-size HomePod in March 2021 after multiple reports indicated that sales of the speaker were lackluster, but Chan told Men's ...
Apple Silicon Teal Feature

The Next Big Apple Silicon Device May Not Be a Mac or iPad

Wednesday February 1, 2023 3:57 am PST by
Apple's next device with an Apple silicon chip may not be a Mac or an iPad, but rather an advanced external display, according to recent reports. The display, which is rumored to arrive this year, is expected to sit somewhere between the $1,599 Studio Display and the $4,999 Pro Display XDR – but more exact information about the device's positioning and price point is as yet unknown. While ...
iOS 16

Apple Preparing iOS 16.3.1 Update for iPhone as Wait for iOS 16.4 Beta Continues

Thursday February 2, 2023 6:41 am PST by
Apple appears to be preparing an iOS 16.3.1 update for the iPhone, based on evidence of the software in our website's analytics logs this week. It's unclear when the update will be released, but it will likely be available at some point in February. The same logs have accurately foreshadowed the release of several previous updates, including iOS 16.0.3 and iOS 16.1.1 most recently, so they...
General iOS 16 Feature Yellow

Five New iOS Features Coming to Your iPhone Later This Year

Tuesday January 31, 2023 11:58 am PST by
Apple has previously announced several upcoming iOS features that are expected to be added to the iPhone this year. Some of the features could be introduced with iOS 16.4, which should enter beta testing soon, while others will arrive later in the year. Below, we have recapped five new iOS features that are expected to launch in 2023, such as an Apple Pay Later financing option for purchases ...
Apple Pay Later Quick Green Feature

Apple Pay Later Launching 'Soon'

Thursday February 2, 2023 2:10 pm PST by
The Apple Pay Later service that Apple has in the works is set to launch "soon," Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC ahead of today's earnings call for the first fiscal quarter of 2023. Cook said that Apple employees are beta testing the Apple Pay Later feature, which will help Apple boost services revenue. "It will be launching soon," Cook said. Apple Pay Later was first previewed at the...
webkit vs chromium feature

Google Working on Browser for iOS That Would Break Apple's App Store Rules

Saturday February 4, 2023 1:30 am PST by
Google's Chromium developers are working on an experimental web browser for iOS that would break Apple's browser engine restrictions, The Register reports. The experimental browser, which is being actively pursued by developers, uses Google's Blink engine. Yet if Google attempted to release it on the App Store, it would not pass Apple's App Review process. Apple's App Store rules dictate...