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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday October 01 2016, @03:12AM   Printer-friendly
from the boba-fett-gonna-be-rich dept.

Zerodium is offering up to $1.5 million for an exploit against iPhones and iPads running the latest version of iOS 10, or up to $200,000 for an exploit against Android 7:

Last year, Zerodium offered $1 million for iOS exploits, up to a total of $3 million. It dropped the price to $500,000 after receiving and paying for three qualifying submissions. On Thursday, Zerodium founder Chaouki Bekrar said the higher prices are a response to improvements the software makers—Apple and Google in particular—have devised that make their wares considerably harder to compromise.

"Prices are directly linked to the difficulty of making a full chain of exploits, and we know that iOS 10 and Android 7 are both much harder to exploit than their previous versions," he told Ars. Asked why a string of iOS exploits commanded 7.5 times the price of a comparable one for Android he said: "That means that iOS 10 chain exploits are either 7.5 x harder than Android or the demand for iOS exploits is 7.5 x higher. The reality is a mix of both."

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday October 01 2016, @03:18AM

    by takyon (881) <> on Saturday October 01 2016, @03:18AM (#408637) Journal

    Qualifying submission = previously unknown vulnerabilities. It also likely has to be remote, no hardware in hands / physical access jailbreak tricks.

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  • (Score: 2) by Nerdfest on Saturday October 01 2016, @04:15AM

    by Nerdfest (80) on Saturday October 01 2016, @04:15AM (#408656)

    I bet that guy's wishing he waited. I thought there was talk of another "drive-by" jail breaking for the latest iOS.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by mendax on Saturday October 01 2016, @05:48AM

    by mendax (2840) on Saturday October 01 2016, @05:48AM (#408667)

    I guess that leaves out using an axe.

    It's really quite a simple choice: Life, Death, or Los Angeles.