Zerodium will no longer acquire certain types of iOS exploits due to surplus

Pierluigi Paganini May 14, 2020

The popular zero-day broker Zerodium announced new limitations it the submission of certain types of iOS exploits due to surplus.

The exploit broker Zerodium announced that it’s no longer accepting certain types of iOS exploits due to surplus, this implies that prices for them will drop in the near future.

The company announced via Twitter that it would no longer accept submissions for iOS local privilege escalation, Safari remote code execution, and sandbox escape exploits, at least for the next months.

Zerodium argued that it has taken this decision due to the high number of submissions, an information that could give us an idea of how is prolific the hacking community.

Company experts believe that the prices for iOS one-click chains (e.g. via Safari) without persistence will likely drop in the next months.

Zerodium CEO Chaouki Bekrar criticized the current level of iOS security that is evidently going to zero.

“Let’s hope iOS 14 will be better,” said Chaouki Bekrar.

The decision of the company is coherent with the announcement made in September 2019 when Zerodium updated the price list for both Android and iOS exploits, with Android ones having surpassed the iOS ones for the first time.

For the first time, the price for Android exploits is higher than the iOS ones, this is what has emerged from the updated price list published by the zero-day broker Zerodium.

Currently a zero-click exploit chain for Android would be rewarded with up to $2.5 million, while an exploit chain for iOS only $2 million.

The tech giant is running a public bug bounty program through which it’s prepared to pay out up to $1 million for exploits that achieve persistence, bypass PAC and require no user interaction.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – zero-day vulnerability, hacking)

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