The iPhone or the Security Research Device (SRD) provided by Apple as a part of this program will have shell access thereby allowing researchers to run any tand ools entitlements of their choice. The company will be providing these iPhones on a 12-month renewable basis and at all times, they will remain the property of the company itself.
This is the first time that Apple is providing devices with shell access to security researchers and hackers. The company also made it clear to TechCrunch that it will be working closely with researchers instead of just shipping them the devices and then forgetting about it. Security researchers and hackers will be able to file for bugs that they find in such devices to Apple’s bug bounty program where they can receive up to $1 million in payouts.
To be eligible for the program, you must have an Apple Developer Program account along with a “proven track record” of finding security issues in Apple products or other OSes. The program is also only available in selected countries including Australia, Austria, France, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Poland, the U.K., and the United States.
Apple will individually review all applications and if your application is not approved for this year, it will be automatically considered for 2021. You can apply for Apple’s Security Research Device Program here.