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iPhone has a serious bug that could be used without users knowledge, Google security researchers warn

These flaws could be used to break devices or access files. 


A serious flaw is present in the iPhone that could be used without its owner's knowledge, security researchers have warned.

Google staff who were looking for bugs said they found six flaws in Apple's iMessage text app. And one of them is still yet to be fixed, the researchers warned. What's more, the problem is "interactionless", which means that the user of the iPhone does not need to do anything to allow the exploit to be used.

The bugs could allow attackers to view files or crash devices, the researchers warned.

The bugs were found by Google's Project Zero programme. That is made up of security analysts who hunt for serious vulnerabilities in various software before hackers find them, providing manufacturers with a 90-day deadline before they make the issue public.

The issues could have been exploited in a number of ways, such as remotely accessing files or crashing devices.

Five of the flaws were patched in the iOS 12.4 update rolled out last week, but the sixth alleged bug remains open, which Google is not disclosing until the deadline is reached.

Project Zero was formed in 2014 with the aim of reducing the number of people harmed by targeted attacks. It has previously notified the likes of Microsoft and Facebook about vulnerabilities on their services and platforms.

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