Pokemon GO Anti-Cheat Feature Disabled by iOS Update

Pokemon GO Anti-Cheat Feature Disabled by iOS Update

When Niantic released the Pokemon GO Halloween event update, the developer also quietly introduced a new anti-cheat measure. This feature, called the “app blacklist,” allowed Pokemon GO to detect if third-party cheat apps were running on the smartphone or tablet. If cheat apps were detected, a warning would pop up informing the users that they must uninstall the offending apps in order to play the game.

But a new iOS update released by Apple seems to have disabled that feature by patching the vulnerability that allowed the Pokemon GO app blacklist to work. The iOS 11.1.1 update includes a patch for CVE-2017-13852 (‘Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures’) which “allows attackers to monitor arbitrary apps via a crafted app that accesses process information at a high rate.”

CVE-2017-13852 also means that “a malicious application may be able to learn information about the presence and operation of other applications on the device,” according to Pepijn Bruienne, a Mac enterprise administrator. Most importantly, iOS 11.1.1 fixes the infamous autocorrect bug that caused the letter ‘I’ to autocorrect to ‘A’ with a symbol on it.

For those that have already upgraded, the anti-cheat feature is currently unavailable for Pokemon GO players on iOS devices. However, it seems that the app blacklist is still up and running on Android devices at least.

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