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 Security Researcher, Platform Architecture - Cupertino, California, United States

Job information
Posted by: Apple 
Hiring entity type: Retail 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Computers - Software Engineer
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 200206062 / Latpro-3761482 
Date posted: Nov-10-2020
State, Zip: California, 95014


Security Researcher, Platform Architecture

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino) , California , United States



Posted: Nov 10, 2020

Role Number: 200206062

Are you a big-picture visionary who understands how each element affects all the others? At Apple, our Platform Architecture group is responsible for connecting our hardware, software, and servers into one unified system. You'll join a team of engineers who are dedicated to securing the world's most advanced consumer devices! Help Apple secure the world's most advanced consumer devices which people trust to store their personal and professional data.  We believe that the best defense is a good offense, and that that means finding vulnerabilities before the community does. We're looking for talented and inspired individuals to form part of a crack group of security engineers to attack Apple's products, with the goal of better safeguarding our users. This team will focus on breaking security mechanisms whose foundations are anchored in hardware and are used by low level software to thwart advanced techniques used to compromise embedded systems.

Key Qualifications

  • Working experience with modern SoCs and security sensitive aspects of their architecture
  • Ability to find security vulnerabilities through static and dynamic analysis
  • Familiarity with Verilog and HW Design
  • Programming background in C, C++, Python
  • Familiarity with assembly and ARM instruction set
  • Proficiency in real time operating system internals
  • Good understanding of the principles and use of cryptographic primitives and protocols
  • An understanding of fault injection and side channel attacks
  • An understanding of past, current, and emerging security exploit types
  • Reverse engineering capabilities + working knowledge in IDA
  • Familiarity with secure bootloaders
  • Team player with good interpersonal skills


Customers' security, privacy, and safety are very important to Apple. Your job will be to analyze our products and attempt to break them in ways that could undermine these goals, including when the attacker is in possession of the Apple device. In order to do that, you will be required to: Take a system or sub-system and find ways to overcome the defense mechanisms that have been implemented in hardware and low-level software.  Examine new Apple silicon security features and prove if/how they can be defeated.  Examine embedded systems and find security vulnerabilities in Apple or 3rd party silicon and firmware, including in the interfaces between components.  Analyze a system to understand the potential threats and attack vectors Stay abreast of modern hacking techniques against Apple products, including those where the attacker is in close proximity or possession of the device.

Education & Experience

Bachelor/Masters in Engineering/Computer Science, and/or proven track record as a security researcher/analyst


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