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Apple this week dropped its long-standing lawsuit against Corellium, the security research company that provides security researchers with a replica of the iOS operating system, allowing them to locate possible security exploits within Apple's mobile operating system, The Washington Post reports.

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Apple filed a lawsuit against Corellium in 2019, claiming the security company was infringing upon its copyrights of iOS and iPhone. Last year, a judge dismissed Apple's claim that Corellium had infringed upon the tech giant's copyrights, claiming instead that Corellium was operating under fair rules.

While Corellium offers a replica of the iOS operating system that runs on the iPhone, the security research firm says that it benefits Apple if anything. By providing security researchers with access to the same operating system that runs on millions of devices, security experts can find security vulnerabilities and potential exploits more efficiently, leading them to be fixed by Apple.

Citing court documents, The Washington Post reports that Apple and Corellium have agreed on a confidential settlement to bring the lawsuit to an end. Despite Apple's grievances with Corellium, however, the settlement does not include Corellium suspending the sale and distribution of tools used by security researchers.

Likely fueled by the lawsuit and the discussion around security research on iPhone, Apple last year launched a program that would give security researchers access to specially configured iPhones for researching security vulnerabilities and exploits.

Article Link: Apple and Corellium Agree on Settlement to Bring Lawsuit to an End
 
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Shirasaki

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So? Does Corellium allow to stay and function as-is? Can security researchers still use those tools?
I get it, confidential settlement, but I have a feeling this settlement is to bring media attention to a rest more than anything.
 
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It looks like the tools are still live on the Corellium website, though not about to sign up for $99 (their cheapest monthly plan) just to find out. Will be interesting to see whether their app modelling will include iOS as well as android when that service goes live as can see that as an attractive option for app developers.
 

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Have to question some of the dislikes, as they appear to be a dislike multiple times?
Apple won't give you a discount you know.

Let alone I posted a fact that Apple jump from a great height on any organisation or even individual when something is leaked or allegedly copied....yet apparently don't mind the idea of surveillance of others.

You can disagree with that all you like but history shows its irrefutable.

If you think I'm an Apple basher you could not be further from the truth. I've been with Apple kit since Apple II! Been in communication with the founders on more than one occasion, and with Steve several times, but it does no favours to Apple to acquiesce when they get things wrong, like we all do.
 

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While Corellium offers a replica of the iOS operating system that runs on the iPhone, the security research firm says that it benefits Apple if anything. By providing security researchers with access to the same operating system that runs on millions of devices, security experts can find security vulnerabilities and potential exploits more efficiently, leading them to be fixed by Apple.
These two bits don’t make sense. Either it’s identical, and useful for finding flaws, but would also then be a direct copy and thus violating copyright, or it’s merely similar (looks recognizable but is not the same code) and is thus much less useful for finding flaws (you’d be finding flaws in their lookalike, not in the original).
 

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Can't really tell who won the settlement.
Apple won.😑
Apple filed a lawsuit against Corellium in 2019, claiming the security company was infringing upon its copyrights of iOS and iPhone. Last year, a judge dismissed Apple's claim that Corellium had infringed upon the tech giant's copyrights, claiming instead that Corellium was operating under fair rules.
Corellium had this in the bag last year. To settle now? Seems Apple bullied/outspent them into submission. The on going legal battle would bankrupt a small company, better to settle and pay a small royalty to keep business out of the red.
 
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The weird thing about this is that the suit makes no sense. If this company finds and reports holes in iOS, Apple benefits. Lots of eyes on software tends to find more problems.
 

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The bad thing about a settlement is that now there continues to be no legal consensus on the matter. I was personally very interested in seeing how the courts would decide the best interest of the people, but now that decision has been offloaded to these two private companies instead. Regardless of if this is a win for Apple or not, it's a loss for the people.
 
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These two bits don’t make sense. Either it’s identical, and useful for finding flaws, but would also then be a direct copy and thus violating copyright, or it’s merely similar (looks recognizable but is not the same code) and is thus much less useful for finding flaws (you’d be finding flaws in their lookalike, not in the original).
It looks like Corellium sells cloud virtualization for iPhone devices. It will emulate iPhone hardware, and you can install whatever iOS version you want. It's not illegal to install iOS on anything. You are violating Apple's EULA, but that's not illegal. Apple will give zero support for using it in any way that's not intended. But it's Fair Use of the copyrighted software.
 
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Apple won.😑

Corellium had this in the bag last year. To settle now? Seems Apple bullied/outspent them into submission. The on going legal battle would bankrupt a small company, better to settle and pay a small royalty to keep business out of the red.
We have no idea what the terms of the settlement were. It could be that Apple agreed to drop the lawsuit in exchange for Corellium keeping quiet about it—ie, so Apple doesn't have to admit defeat.
 
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Apple should be paying Corellium to independently finish the M1 Linux port for those that want more privacy.
 
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We have no idea what the terms of the settlement were. It could be that Apple agreed to drop the lawsuit in exchange for Corellium not saying anything—ie, they don’t have to admit defeat.

Doesn't really matter. People on MR claims the settlement with Qualcomm was a win for Apple anyway.

It is always a Win Win situation, where Apple Win Twice.
 
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