The propriety M1 chip from tech giant Apple has already made its way onto a large variety of the company’s products. This portfolio of products include Macbooks, iMacs, iMac mini and even the iPad Pro. And now, a new report has gone on to reveal that the iPad Pro which feature with the company’s silicon feature with an irreparable security flaw.
In accordance with developer Hector Martin, the M1 based iPad Pro actually suffers from a vulnerability which exists on a hardware level of the M1. In other words, this is an issue which just cannot be fixed via the aid of a simple software update. The Cupertino based giant has apparently violated an ARM architecture specification requirement too. This then means that there is no simple method thereby which this particular issue can be fixed. The developer further then explained that the flaw in fact basically allows two applications to covertly exchange data without the aid or use of normal operating system features. While this indeed is a vulnerability, fortunately enough, there aren’t any serious security threats posed as a result. Even in the worst case scenario, the security risk that would be posed would enable advertisers for cross app to tracking and hence cannot be used by hackers to take control of the person’s device or even steal sensitive information. However, the flaw still does violate the OS security model.
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Moreover, this issue also goes on to affect every M1 chip device which of course refers to the fact that it could even proceed on to affect the iPhone 12 series too due to the fact that the A14 Bionic is based on pretty much the same CPU microarchitecture. The developer claimed that the only way thereby which this can be fixed is to run the entire operating as a virtual machine.