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Apple iPhone and iPad users warned over hack that affects 1.4 billion devices

Apple iPhone and iPad users warned over hack that affects 1.4 billion devices

Originally posted by Alex Chapman @ 7news.com.au

More than 1.4 billion Apple devices have been left vulnerable to a long-standing hack, according to a digital security firm.

Check Point revealed a way to hack every iPhone and iPad running operating systems as old as iOS 8, covering eight years of devices.

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The security breach gives hackers the ability to plant malicious code capable of stealing data and passwords through the Contacts app, according to Forbes.

According to Check Point's researchers, the flaw has been unpatched for four years.

"This feature was only ever considered vulnerable in the context of a program that allows arbitrary SQL from an untrusted source and so it was mitigated accordingly," they wrote in a report, referencing SQL as the prominent app's database.

"However, SQLite usage is so versatile that we can actually still trigger it in many scenarios."

They write that they were able to trigger the bug through the Contacts app and exploit it.

Saving grace

The saving grace is that hackers need physical access to an unlocked device to take advantage of the bug.

However, with technology constantly evolving, researchers fear that could soon change.

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