It’s being called an unfixable exploit but I’m going to call it a baked in vulnerability. The anti-Apple screed writers are on the case and have a solution for something that is unfixable on most iPhones and iPads. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes:
The Checkm8 exploit, described by the security researcher who published it as “a permanent unpatchable bootrom exploit” might be good news for the jailbreaking community who can use it to unlock devices, but it’s not so good for those worried about keeping their iPhones and iPads secure.
The scope of this exploit is huge.
It affects iOS devices using Apple’s own chips– from A5 to A11 from a few years ago. It’s a vulnerability that becomes an exploit when you give your iPhone or iPad to someone who knows how to use the vulnerability.
Remember, it cannot be fixed. It’s hardware. A vulnerability.
So, what can you do to protect yourself or your company?
This exploit requires physical access to the device and can only be triggered over USB, and it cannot be executed remotely.
Oh the humanity!
For the average user, this exploit is nothing to worry about, but for enterprise users it is likely to be a headache that will hang around until the old iPhones and iPads are replaced with new iPhones and iPads
Wait. We went from the scope of this exploit is huge to nothing to worry about?