Apple has allowed Uber to covertly monitor iPhone

Apple has allowed Uber to covertly monitor iPhone

Apple has allowed Uber to covertly monitor iPhone

But there are certain entitlements used only by Apple, giving the company's software tight integration with the iPhone.

Uber says the entitlement was used for something far less nefarious than tracking drivers or surveilling users: Improving performance in its Apple Watch app. Strafach noted that he looked for indications that the entitlement had been used maliciously and found none.

In April, it was revealed that Apple's CEO met with Uber's then-CEO to discuss the fact that the car-hailing company had tagged iPhones that had deleted the app - a clear violation of Apple's rules, The New York Times reported at the time. Alternatively, it's possible that Apple sandboxed the entitlement to prevent it from accessing data outside Uber's app.

After the researchers discovered the tool, Uber said it is no longer in use and will be removed from the app.

The specific Apple permission that allows the Uber app to gain access to your iPhone is known as "com.apple.private.allow-explicit-graphics-priority", according to Apple expert Luca Todesco.

It is worth understanding that Apple gives "entitlements", a code to developers for enabling access to key features of an iPhone. "Imagine any app would be able to use an entitlement like that and just record your screen without you knowing", he said.

According to ZDNet, the hidden feature will allow Uber to "tap into features" of an iPhone or iPad that usually require special permission by Apple to use and Uber seems to be the only third-party app with such permissions. "Stop the trickery or Uber's app would be kicked out of Apple's App Store", Cook reportedly warned Kalanick during the meeting.

Apps for the iPhone and iPad use strings of code known as entitlements to enable functions like the camera and Apple Pay. The entitlement in question lets developers read and write to part of the device¿s memory that contains pixel and display data
Apple gave Uber's app 'unprecedented' access to a secret backdoor that can record iPhone screens

The decision not to renew Uber's license was made by Transport for London (TfL), which ruled that the firm is not a "fit and proper" company to hold a license.

Apple didn't comment. But one reason Apple may have let Uber use this sensitive piece of code -; which most likely would have needed approval from senior management -; is that Apple demonstrated the Uber app onstage when it introduced the Apple Watch in 2015, and Uber was a launch app for the Apple Watch.

The startup screen of Uber, auto transportation mobile app developed by the American technology company Uber Technologies Inc, pictured on the display of an iphone 6s plus, on 31 August 2017 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Apple is yet to responded to the report.

The deception apparently didn't scare Apple.

Apple became an Uber investor through its investment in the Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing.

Kalanick resigned in June.

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