There was a lot of exciting news that came from Apple at this year's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), especially about the impending release of iOS 10. If you missed our coverage, click here to see the five things we're looking forward to most.
Now that the beta is out, a surprising discovery about iOS 10 was discovered recently by security researchers. Unlike its earlier predecessors, iOS 10 is being distributed with an unencrypted kernel.
The kernel is the core of the operating system where security and third-party app hardware access, among other high-level operations, are managed, and it's an extremely vital part of the system. By leaving the kernel unencrypted, Apple is exposing the heart of iOS 10 to white hats and would be hackers everywhere.
Is this a deliberate action on Apple's part?
Reports say it is. In light of Apple's battle with the FBI regarding iPhone privacy and security, exposing iOS 10's kernel may lead to early detection of bugs and vulnerabilities that could then lead to an even more secure operating system.
Call it a public security beta testing, if you will, but it's a double-edged sword.
Malicious hackers could find exploits and vulnerabilities and may not report them to Apple. Apple is not counting on that though. Exposing the kernel to security researchers may close even more security holes and flaws before iOS 10 hits the market.
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