Apple reportedly fixed bug that undermined iOS privacy features over the years. The Apple company announced a new feature in iOS 14 that would prevent nearby wireless routers and access points from collecting an Apple device’s unique MAC address a few years back.
Apple Reportedly Fixes Bug that Undermined iOS Privacy Feature
The MAC address tracking can have legitimate applications, such as allowing administrators to identify every device connected to their networks, including unauthorized devices. However, knowing a device’s MAC addresses can be used to track that device across multiple networks.
Instead of sharing the device’s unique MAC address, the iOS feature would assign a unique “private address” to each network. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a flaw that prevented the privacy feature from not working properly. Simply put, the feature hasn’t worked as intended since it was first introduced.
Nevertheless, the company has recently fixed the CVE-2023-42846 vulnerability this week with the release of iOS 17.1 and iOS 16.7.2 for older devices that can run iOS 16. However, devices running iOS 14 or iOS 15 are still vulnerable according to Mysk.
With iOS 17.1, Apple patched several other flaws, including one that could have allowed an attacker to access passkeys without authentication and a Siri bug that could have exposed sensitive data to a hacker with physical access to a device.
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