Apple's AirDrop has a couple of potentially annoying privacy weaknesses that Cupertino is so far refusing to address even though a solution has been offered.
A bug-hunting team at Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany reverse engineered AirDrop – iOS and macOS's ad-hoc over-the-air file-sharing service – and found that senders and receivers may leak their contact details in the process. More than a billion people are said to be at risk of this, in that there are now more than a billion active iPhones at any one time. Despite the team alerting Apple to the oversight in May 2019, and suggesting ways to address it last October, the iGiant hasn't issued a fix.
"We started looking at the protocols in 2017," Dr Milan Stute at the uni's Secure Mobile Networking Lab told The Register on Wednesday. "We reverse engineered a lot of stuff and found two major issues."
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