Apple Says Many of the Vulnerabilities Detailed in 'Vault 7' Leaks Already Patched

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier today a new series of WikiLeaks leaks revealed the United States Central Intelligence Agency's efforts to hack iPhones. The leaks detail a number of iOS exploits that can be used to bypass security on devices. Tonight, Apple said in a statement provided to TechCrunch that most of the vulnerabilities detailed in the leaks have been patched.


    Apple says its initial analyses indicates that many of the exploits detailed were patched in the latest version of iOS, and that it will continue to patch identified vulnerabilities. The Cupertino company closes by saying that it always urges users to download and install the latest version of iOS to ensure that they have the most recent security updates.

    The Vault 7 revelations aren't the first time the CIA has targeted Apple's mobile devices. In 2015 it was reported that the CIA worked on ways to compromise both iPhones and iPads.

    The full list of so-called "Year Zero" documents can be found on found on WikiLeaks' website.

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  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Glad that Apple is being proactive and looking out for the users. Keep patching, Apple.
  3. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
  4. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Hopefully they'll be faster than the bad guys that are doubtlessly poring over the leaked code at this moment. In any case, I'm pretty sure iOS devices will be fixed much faster than most Android phones, not to mention things like smart TVs ...
  5. dmylrea macrumors 68030


    Sep 27, 2005
    Now that Apple has a list, it should be easy to make sure the iPhone is secure.
  6. dlewis23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    Im sure they will get fixed now. o_O
  7. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    That's not reassuring

    Surely CIA has 2017 0days they are still using
  8. Radon87000 macrumors 604

    Nov 29, 2013
    The fact that some of the vulnerabilities are unmatched indicates the CIA won
  9. JoEw macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
    No doubt.
    Cat and mouse game, CIA commands an insane amount of resources and budget at their disposal.
  10. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    Even though this is the cia's doing , I'm finding it tough to believe Cook ISNT a globalist pig.

    Maybe the whole privacy thing is just good PR and now they're e caught with their pants down on this one.

    Better privacy than google android , but not really at this point since everything is fair game
  11. satchmo macrumors 68020

    Aug 6, 2008
    Does Apple patch security holes in older versions of iOS?
    Would someone on an older phone such as an iPhone 4s or 5 be vulnerable?
  12. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    Everyone's vulnerable is the takeaway
  13. mejsric macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2013
  14. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Great news!
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    Kinda hard to beat someone with unlimited resources. TC is doing the best he can.
  15. intofx macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2010
    It will always be a cat and mouse game. I think Apple is one of the most proactive and pro-privacy companies around.

    Its funny how people complain about how many updates and betas Apple seeds yet read a article like this and complain about how there are holes that need to be patched.

    The perfect product will never exist. It will always take progression and innovation.
  16. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    This is true. But I guess I Just mean in terms of him always being political. And in thee end still not changing anything but just being annoying.

    He should be a CEO. Want to be an activist? Fine, don't pretend to care to the utmost extreme for turning a blind eye to $2/HR wages at the factory for making iDevices at break neck speeds.

    Make apple great again
  17. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    Considering Russia allowed Wikileaks to publish this I'd bet almost all of not all of them have been patched so there isn't much loss to their intelligence services by leaking it.
  18. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    How would they be patched if Apple just learned about them today?
  19. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    It's magical, revolutionary auto iPatching fairy dust

  20. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    Everyone has an opinion but I say it's not a big deal. Snowden first talked about this kind of stuff a long time ago.
  21. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Is this really the thread to bring that silly iOS vs Android crap? Instead of my OS is better than your OS, how about hoping that this serves as a wake up call to the tech industry that security should be paramount in the products being put out in the public. It should be a wake up call to the big players, but more importantly to the smaller IoT players as well. That's a vector that ripe for exploit. Oh, and I wouldn't be so overjoyed by Apple's statement that many of the vulnerabilities have been patched. It means many others haven't been. Also keep in mind, those were just the leaked vulnerabilities. Dollars to doughnuts the CIA has other nasty stuff that wasn't leaked. It's the CIA after all. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the leak didn't all of a sudden make them stop working on more nefarious means which they will go to extremes to keep from leaking. It's an ongoing battle and iOS looks to be a favorite target of the CIA's armaments.

    This post isn't really directed at you personally Rigby. Just my rant against turning this topic into something that takes the focus off what we need to be focused on.
  22. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    That's pretty unfair. You could be the most generous person in the world, but you could be criticize for the most minute things like stepping on an ant. It's not realistic to be something for ALL people. Pick your battles.
  23. usarioclave macrumors 65816

    Sep 26, 2003
    What about the Mac EFI exploit? It's unclear if it worked, but if it did that's one heck of a piece of engineering.
  24. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    I'm not criticizing for stepping on an ant. I'm criticizing for doing little to fix the Foxconn issues, and treating their manufacturing workforce like disposable ants, generally speaking with other companies too like Pegatron that do the same but apple also uses, and being based in Chynnnuh, constantly feeling the need to react to anything the president does internally in a memo to his employees too

    I am picking my battles thanks

    Also outside of the whole unlocking the iPhone thing with obama at the end and unlocking that 5c from the san barandino tragedy and apple doubling down on security (good), that stood to put apple in harms way publicly speaking I don't remember cook repeatedly speaking out about obama wrongdoing. Whereas now it feels rampant.

    Where was the outrage over 2.5 million immigrants deported during obama terms?
  25. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

    Sep 19, 2010
    I would rather be on the OS where the manufacturer is constantly issuing security updates. To put it in perspective the Android equivalent of the iPhone 4S would be the Samsung Galaxy S2. Support for the Galaxy S2 would be unthinkable. That's the testament to the longevity of iPhones that people expect.
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    Apple is treating their employees at Foxconn better than most. What about Samsung that has exposed their employees to cancer inducing chemicals?
    And what makes you think Apple just learned about them today?

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