Apple Bug Could Capture Data From Third-Party Keyboards

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Apple has sent out a warning about a bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS.

“An upcoming software update will fix an issue that impacts third-party keyboard apps,” the company wrote in an advisory. “This issue applies only if you’ve installed third-party keyboards on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Third-party keyboard extensions in iOS can be designed to run entirely standalone, without access to external services, or they can request ‘full access’ to provide additional features through network access. Apple has discovered a bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS that can result in keyboard extensions being granted full access even if you haven’t approved this access.”

iOS 13 was released last week, while both iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1, the new software version for iPads, came out on Tuesday (Sept. 24).

The company added that the issue does not impact Apple’s built-in keyboards, or third-party keyboards that don’t make use of full access.

Just one day ago, it was reported that two Apple iOS 13 users experienced payment security issues when using the tech giant’s newest iteration of its operating system.

Reddit user Thanamite said: “I got my iPhone 11 Pro Max yesterday. I set everything up and it sure is a great phone. Today I decided to change my iTunes credit card. I used the take picture feature. It read my card well, but then when I saved the card, someone else’s credit card was saved! A woman’s from Illinois. I have her full name, billing address and last 4 digits of her credit card! That felt like I could steal their money any time. And they could steal mine? As proof, I took a snapshot of their info and then immediately removed the card. I don’t know what to say. It is just unbelievable.”

Another Reddit user named createdbyeric had a similar experience.

The source of the bug isn’t known, but Apple got back to createdbyeric and said it is taking the issue very seriously.