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Apple Pays Hacker, Bhavuk Jain, $100,000 For Discovering Vulnerability On Its Software

Bhavuk Jain got a $100,000 reward from Apple after he hacked the tech giant’s Sign in with Apple platform. The hacker is also a software security researcher and he gave details on how he compromised Apple’s security in a blog post.


According to a Digital Trends report, Apple has already patched the vulnerability which Jain uncovered in April 2020. Also, the company has told the hacker that they investigated and found that no cybercriminal had exploited this weakness before they fixed it.


On his blog post, Bhavuk Jain explains that all he needs to “takeover your account” is your Email ID. He adds that the bug also allowed him to take over a person’s full account on any website or app, even when the victim does not have a valid Apple ID. He calls it a “zero-day in Sign in with Apple” weakness.

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In explaining how he bypassed Apple’s security, which many hail as the best among other companies; Jain said the bug existed in Apple’s JWT (JSON Web Token). He wrote:


“I found I could request JWTs for any Email ID from Apple and when the signature of these tokens was verified using Apple’s public key, they showed as valid. This means an attacker could forge a JWT by linking any Email ID to it and gaining access to the victim’s account.”


Further, this vulnerability is very critical in that many app and website developers have integrated Sign in with Apple with their platforms. Jain mentioned Dropbox, Spotify, Airbnb, Giphy as some of the platforms that use this software. He, however, acknowledged that he did not test the mentioned applications. Yet he is certain that they were vulnerable to a full account takeover attack; if they didn’t use any other verification measure.


The $100,000 that Apple paid to Bhavuk Jain for discovering this vulnerability was under the company’s Apple Security Bounty program. This program rewards ethical hackers and developers who find weaknesses in Apple’s services.


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Onwuasoanya Obinna

A reader of books and stringer of words. Passionate about Science and Tech. When not writing or reading he is surfing the web and Tweeting.

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