Apple is getting ready to fix a bug that could grant full access to third-party keyboards for its mobile devices (iPhone and iPad)
Apple posted an alert on its support page regarding an issue with iOS 13 and iPadOS that affects third-party keyboards that users may have installed in their iPhone, iPad or iPad touch.
“The company has discovered a bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS that can affect in keyboard extensions being granted full access even if anyone hasn’t approved this access, ” Apple wrote in the alert. According to the company, the issue will be fixed soon in an upcoming software update.
Third-party keyboards usually have two modes in which they can run iOS- with full access to provide additional features through network access or entirely standalone, without access to external services, according to Apple.
Apple advised its users to check their third-party keyboard in Settings on their devices, while users wait for the patch.
The bug is not the first found in the recent release of iOS. In July, A Spanish Apple enthusiast Jose Rodriguez alerted users to an iPhone lock screen bypass in iOS 13 which was in pre-release versions at that point that could enable an attacker to access victims’ address books. Data that could be influenced by unauthorised access includes their contacts’ names, email addresses, phone numbers, mailing addresses and more, he said. He also discovered other security flaws in the iPhone previously.
The discovery of weakness in the early days of the latest iOS release which just came in the notice on Thursday- has led some to criticise Apple.
Users are also questioning Apple’s slow pace at fixing issues in the new OS. Though Jose told the company about the bug in July, it wasn’t patched until last week. Apple did not confirm the timeframe for when the bug would be patched, it’s only referring to an upcoming update.