The world is currently experiencing a significant technological evolution, mainly driven by advancements in tech like AI, Meta, AR, and VR.
A noteworthy example is the latest Apple product, the Vision Pro headset, which has caused a buzz on social media.
This cutting-edge gadget recently became available in stores across the United States.
However, after its offline release, a PhD student from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claimed to have discovered a potential vulnerability in the headset's software, known as visionOS.
If these claims hold true, it could pave the way for the development of jailbreaks and potentially harmful software for the device in the future, as reported by AppleInsider.
On the 'X' platform, Joseph Ravichandran, a student specialising in Microarchitectural Security at MIT, shared a screenshot announcing what he believes to be the world's first kernel exploit for the Vision Pro on launch day.
The world's first(?) kernel exploit for Vision Pro- on launch day! pic.twitter.com/9rVtaSmbei— Joseph Ravichandran (@0xjprx) February 3, 2024
This mirrors the efforts of both malware creators and security experts who often seek out weaknesses in the initial versions of popular software systems, similar to attempts to jailbreak iOS devices.
Upon testing the kernel exploit, the Vision Pro reportedly crashes, "switching to full passthrough and displaying a warning to remove the device in 30 seconds so it can reboot," according to the MIT student on 'X.'
After the reboot, the panic log indicates that the kernel crashed, as mentioned in the report.
In another image shared by the user, an app named "Vision Pro Crasher" is visible, featuring a 3D skull icon wearing the headset and a button labeled 'Crash My Vision Pro.'
Kernel exploits play a crucial role in jailbreaking devices, enabling actions that are typically restricted in the software.
This includes installing malicious programs, modifying the UI design, and unlocking other core functionalities, according to iDownloadBlog.