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Bug in IOS13 using Swipe keyboards

Since iOS13 has implemented a SwipeKeyboard natively,
the need for 3rd party Apps providing you with a swipe
keyboard is no longer necessary. With a recently discovered
bug it might even be a good idea to have them removed.

If you’re not haveing those apps installed for theming reasons or for other reasons than typing then the removal might save you from an exploit where those apps might still have full access to your keyboard and saved data/words and, even worse, gain full access to your device including network access. This is due to the fact that the keyboard apps can run completely standalone without prior permission and request enhanced functionality by accessing the network.

Apple hasn’t quoted much about the problem what could happen if you continue using these 3rd party keyboards but it recommends uninstalling these as QuickPath is the official swipeKeyboard tool from Apple not prone to such security flaws.

An upcoming software update will fix an issue that impacts third-party keyboard apps. 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.

These two are most common today:

Microsoft SwiftKey for iOS Google Gboard

September 26, 2019 Netspark - 1442 posts - Member since: May 9th, 2011 No Comments »

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