Loophole Makes Defeating Apple’s New Anti-Hacking Feature Piece of Cake

Apple rolled out a new iOS software update to finally introduce USB Restricted Mode and block iPhone hacking tools that can brute-force devices and bypass the locking system.

This new feature essentially works by limiting the functionality of the Lightning port if the device hasn’t been unlocked for more than a year, thus making it impossible to connect USB devices that would be used for launching brute-force attacks. The port would only be used for charging, and users would then be prompted to enter the passcode to be able to unlock the device.

But according to Oleg Afonin of ElcomSoft, defeating this system is pretty simple because of a loophole in how it was implemented.

Connecting a USB accessory to the iPhone within the said hour resets the tim… (read more)

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