Apple’s new USB security feature has a major loophole

- Advertisement -

Yesterday, Apple has introduced a new USB Restricted Mode, which was introduced along with iOS 11.4.1 release.

This new update may not be as secure as like the previous update. This feature is specially designed to protect iPhones from USB devices being used by law enforcement to decode your passcode.

This feature works by disabling USB access, after which the phone will be locked for an hour. However, a Computer security company named as ElcomSoft has already found a trick to break it.

- Advertisement -

The firm’s Researchers have found that they have the ability to reset that one hour counter if they plug in a USB accessory within that window.

And, it does not matter that whether that USB accessory used with the phone in the past.

The test showed that the bypass works even with USB 3 camera adapter of Apple, which will cost you almost $39 from the online Apple Store.

Still, Elcomsoft has been testing this new feature with various other adaptors although the company claimed that the same method does not work with the cheaper $9 Lightning to 3.5mm adaptor.

According to Oleg Aonin:

“Once the police officer seizes an iPhone, he or she would need to immediately connect that iPhone to a compatible USB accessory to prevent USB Restricted Mode lock after one hour.”

- Advertisement -

Then he questions the chances of a device getting seized within an hour after its last unlock.

“Quite high. We were not able to find any recent stats, but even two years ago an average user unlocked their iPhone at least 80 times a day.”

Despite, the Elcomsoft claimed that the technique to delay the Restricted Mode by attaching an iPhone device to an untrusted USB accessory is “probably nothing more than an oversight.”

However, the company has revealed this new Restricted Mode in the first place to prevent law enforcement accesses users’ data.

It is very odd to see why the company has purposefully included this type of loophole. It is unclear that what remedial actions the company will take to overcome this problem in subsequent iOS’ version.

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -
Muhammad Irfan Raza
Irfan Raza is Editor at TechWafer covering Everything about Apple including Mac, iPhones, iMac, iMac Pro, MacBook, and How-tos.

More from author

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related

NVIDIA CMP 170HX with 164 MH/s Hashrate Goes On Sale at $4400

NVIDIA's built a flagship mining-focused GPU named CMP 170HX - this GPU was revealed last month, and it's on sale by Dubai-based retailer Vipera....

Xiaomi announces Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE in exciting colours

Global tech leader Xiaomi has hit the Pakistani market with another device, the 11 Lite 5G NE is their latest drop. With a super...

vivo X60t Pro appears on TENAA here’s how it looks

vivo recently announced its X70 series, now available worldwide, but the company has no plans to launch phones from its X60 lineup in the...
Advertisment

Trending

Welcome the Dawn of Photography with vivo X70 Pro, Now Available in Pakistan

vivo, the leading global smartphone brand, has recently launched the X70 Pro, featuring ZEISS T* Coating, Ultra-Sensing Gimbal Camera, and Real-Time Extreme Night Vision...

NVIDIA CMP 170HX with 164 MH/s Hashrate Goes On Sale at $4400

NVIDIA's built a flagship mining-focused GPU named CMP 170HX - this GPU was revealed last month, and it's on sale by Dubai-based retailer Vipera....

realme is about to launch 5G smartphone in Pakistan

Everyone is harping about a 5G-enabled smartphone. But, in the absence of 5G connectivity in Pakistan and possibly no 5G connectivity in-sight for the...
Would you like to receive notifications on latest updates? No Yes