MacAlert!

Up to the minute Apple and Mac news alerts

iOS Devices Can Be Blocked From Entering USB Restricted Mode

[2018-07-11 19:59:33]

Oleg Afonin, writing for the ElcomSoft blog: What we discovered is that iOS will reset the USB Restrictive Mode countdown timer even if one connects the iPhone to an untrusted USB accessory, one that has never been paired to the iPhone before (well, in fact the accessories do not require pairing at all). In other words, 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. Importantly, this only helps if the iPhone has still not entered USB Restricted Mode. Most (if not all) USB accessories fit the purpose — for example, Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter from Apple. They think this might be tricky for Apple to fix: Can Apple change it in future versions of iOS? To us, it seems highly unlikely simply because of the humongous amount of MFi devices that aren’t designed to support such a change. Theoretically, iOS could remember which devices were connected to the iPhone, and only allow those accessories to establish connectivity without requiring an unlock — but that’s about all we can think of.  ★ 

Read more....



RELATED!

The App Store Turns 10

Former Apple Employee Charged With Theft of Trade Secrets Related to Autonomous Car Project

Apple Combines Machine Learning and Siri Teams Under John Giannandrea

BGR: ‘Apple to Deploy 1Password to All 123,000 Employees, Acquisition Talks Underway’

How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s on Tonight

Intel’s Toxic Culture

Quartz: ‘Apple’s AirPods and Live Listen Are a Revolution for the Hearing Impaired’

‘In Search of Steve Ditko’

Twitter Is Shutting Down a Million Fake Accounts Per Day

WSJ: ‘Samsung Estimates Operating-Profit Growth at 5 Percent, Short of Expectations’

Twitter Is Shutting a Million Fake Accounts Per Day

CTech: ‘Apple Passes Over Intel in Search for 5G Chips for the iPhone’

Scott Pruitt Wasn’t Corrupt Enough for Trumpistan

How the Disposable Straw Explains Modern Capitalism

[Sponsor] Kolide for Mac: User Focused Security