What Apple's jailbroken iPhone kits for security researchers looks like

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Pictures have surfaced of one of Apple's Security Research Device kits, which at present consists of a specially-built variant of the iPhone 14 Pro.

The iPhone 14 Pro
The iPhone 14 Pro



Apple launched the iPhone Security Research Device Program in 2019. The program has reportedly discovered 130 high-profile security-critical vulnerabilities as of 2023.

Those who apply to to the Security Research Device Program (SRDP) receive a Security Research Device -- which is essentially a jailbroken iPhone.

Gergely Kalman was one such recipient of a device, which he posted to X, as spotted by TechCrunch.

Sorry no unboxing video, but here is the Apple Security Research Device with the swag that was included. Thank you @Apple! pic.twitter.com/svhBRv79G3

-- Gergely Kalman (@gergely_kalman)



The phone inside is a modified iPhone 14 Pro. For the most part, it appears the same as any other iPhone 14 Pro, except for two minor changes. On the lock screen the phrase "Security Research Device" features prominently. The side of the Security Research Device also reads "Property of Apple. Confidential and Proprietary. Call +1 877 595 1125."

Included with the device is a set of instructions and three stickers that were inside of the box.

The Security Research Device is intended for security research in a controlled environment only. The devices provided are Apple's property and are loaned on a renewable 12-month basis.

Here's Apple's description of a Security Research Device:

The central feature of SRDP is the Security Research Device -- a specially-built hardware variant of iPhone 14 Pro that's designed exclusively for security research, with tooling and options that allow researchers to configure or disable many advanced security protections of iOS that cannot be disabled on normal iPhone hardware in the hands of users.



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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 2
    mobirdmobird Posts: 756member
    I wonder when Mr. SRDP participant aka Mr. Kalman will have his Security Research Device recalled and himself booted from the program?
    You would think he knows about NDA's and the fact that Apple has gone as far as stamping each SRDP with 
    "Property of Apple. Confidential and Proprietary. Call +1 877 595 1125."
    Maybe he is confident that his standing with Apple is secure...
  • Reply 2 of 2
    williamhwilliamh Posts: 1,036member
    mobird said:
    I wonder when Mr. SRDP participant aka Mr. Kalman will have his Security Research Device recalled and himself booted from the program?
    You would think he knows about NDA's and the fact that Apple has gone as far as stamping each SRDP with "Property of Apple. Confidential and Proprietary. Call +1 877 595 1125."
    Maybe he is confident that his standing with Apple is secure...
    The device contents may be confidential and proprietary but this program is public knowledge.  
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