Apple fixes iOS ‘Ins0mnia’ bug which allowed apps to run in the background forever

“A security flaw which permitted malicious applications to run in the background of iOS devices for an unlimited amount of time has been patched by Apple,” Charlie Osborne reports for ZDNet. “The vulnerability, dubbed Ins0mnia by FireEye researchers, allowed iOS applications to continue to run in the background of an Apple device even when the process was terminated by the user and no longer visible in the task switcher — bypassing Apple background restrictions and timeout protocols.”

“Apple has been informed of the vulnerability and patched the problem in iOS version 8.4.1, released earlier this month,” Osborne reports. “A recent security breach which took place on the iOS platform left 220,000 iCloud users vulnerable to spying and remote hijacking. However, as reported by Hack Read, the security issue is caused by the installation of a malicious jailbreak device tweak — and as you void your warranty and compromise your own security when you jailbreak a device, this has nothing to do with Apple security in itself.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: And iOS gets even safer.

This is yet another reminder of the risks you take running a jailbroken iOS device.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]


  1. Originally it was very tempting to jailbreak, although I never did due to the security issues. Now that just about every feature I want has been added, it makes no sense at all to me. The only functionality I would want added isn’t even available with a jailbreak.

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