Researchers have discovered a widespread vulnerability in a number of iPhone apps that can expose iPhone users to hacking attacks, it has been reported.
According to reports published in multiple sources, Infosec experts led by Will Strafach, have discovered that a big percentage of all the apps that iPhone users readily download from the Apple Store and install on their smartphones have deep-lying weaknesses that render them an easy target for hackers.
The researchers indicate that hackers can take advantage of the vulnerability in the apps to launch what is typically referred to as Man-in-the-Middle attack. In this form of attack, hackers intelligently hijack communication between a device and a server, thus successfully eavesdropping on what a person is doing.
The hackers can also use this form of attack to steal important credentials of a user since the hackers can read all the messages that a user is sending to and receiving from a website.
According to the Infosec researchers, the problem with some of the apps that iPhone users can access is that they have backdoors that hackers can use to gain unauthorised access to the devices of the users.
‘There is a problem with the networking-related code that was used to create the apps, thus rendering them vulnerable to hacking attacks,’ the researchers said.
It has been further reported that out of the 76 apps in the Apple Store that the researchers discovered to be vulnerable, about 30 were categorised as ‘high risk’ apps. It has been reported that hackers can easily use the ‘high risk’ apps to hack into the devices of unsuspecting individuals as long as the individuals are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Interestingly, Apple is not able to address the security problem in the apps, given the little control that the company has over the design of the apps that it includes in its store.
Researchers have pointed out that the problem with the risky apps is related to their design and that there is very little that Apple can do to address the problem.
‘It is the duty of the third parties who develop the apps to check their apps and ensure that they are safe for use,’ the researchers point out.
For now, it is important for iPhone users to check the list of apps that are vulnerable and take all the necessary measures to safeguard their privacy when using the apps.