The Exploit-Chain Edition Monday, April 27, 2020

Sneaky Zero-Click Attacks Are A Hidden Menace, by Lily Hay Newman, Wired

Even though the vulnerabilities ZecOps disclosed couldn’t be exploited for fundamental control on a target device, an attacker could still build a so-called “exploit chain” using the Mail bugs as just the first link to mount an invasive attack. And iOS security researcher and Guardian Firewall creator Will Strafach points out that while Apple and ZecOps are correct about the limited utility of the Mail bugs alone, it’s still important to take these types of bugs seriously.

Lots Of iPhone SE Components Are Swappable With iPhone 8 -- But Not All, by Luke Dormehl, Cult of Mac

The iPhone SE is, in many senses, an updated iPhone 8, packing new internals into a recognizable form factory. A teardown post published over the weekend by iFixit shows just how similar the two devices are: many parts of the handset are swappable with the earlier 2017-era phone.

As the publication’s teardown reveals, the iPhone SE’s cameras, SIM tray, Taptic Engine, and display assembly are all directly swappable with the iPhone 8. However, not all parts are so switchable. The iPhone SE’s battery might look the same, but it won’t work on the earlier iPhone due to a different logical board connector.


How To Use iCloud To Cope With A Mac That’s Low On Storage, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

iCloud is a solution for offloading on-device storage and offers a kind of loose backup of that material, too. [...]

Here’s a strategy for migration, if you’re comfortable with many of your files having the only copy living in iCloud.

8 Ways To Repurpose An Old iPhone Instead Of Selling Or Trading It In, by Jason Cipriani, CNET

Even with just Wi-Fi access and no cellular connection, your old iPhone can still be useful. For example, you can program it as a spare Apple TV remote, or repurpose it as a security camera to keep an eye on your front door.


Here are eight great, cheap or even free options for your old iPhone.

Apple Launches Customised Experience For Ramadan, by Khaleej Times

The iPhone maker on Sunday announced that it will be celebrating Ramadan by providing customers across the Middle East a unique and differentiated experience during the day and at night, both of which are highly-symbolic during the holy month.


As users' lifestyles and habits change before and after sunset during Ramadan, the App Store's day-to-night guide will showcase different apps and games that suit the distinct phases of the day.

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I'm sure Apple's customers have a lot of old iPhones and iPads (and iPods Touch?) that are not being used.

Apple should find a way to easily turn all these little computers -- armed with sensors and cameras and touch-screens -- into HomeKit accessories.


Thanks for reading.