Grayshift Has Already Defeated Apple's USB Restricted Mode [Report]

Grayshift Has Already Defeated Apple's USB Restricted Mode [Report]

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Grayshift has purportedly defeated Apple's new security measure known as 'USB Restricted Mode'. The feature, which is set to publicly debut alongside iOS 12, will by default prevent USB accessories from connecting to your iPhone when it has been more than an hour since it was locked.

Initially, it was believed that this could seriously handicap the functionality of the GrayKey box used to crack iPhone passcodes; however, forensics experts tell Motherboard that Grayshift has already circumvented the feature in a beta build.

“Grayshift has gone to great lengths to future proof their technology and stated that they have already defeated this security feature in the beta build. Additionally, the GrayKey has built in future capabilities that will begin to be leveraged as time goes on,” a June email from a forensic expert reads.

“They seem very confident in their staying power for the future right now,” the email adds.

A second source said that Grayshift addressed USB Restricted Mode in a webinar a few weeks ago.

The GrayKey box has two ways of accessing data on a device: Before First Unlock (BFU) or After First Unlock (AFU). If a phone has not been unlocked after boot, it takes the device 10 minutes per passcode try and limited data is accessible. If the phone has been unlocked since being booted, a fast brute force mode allows for 300,000 tries and allows "parallel extraction of pre-unlock data." If AFU works, "95% of the user’s data is available instantly."

Hopefully, Apple's USB Restricted Mode will largely prevent AFU attacks. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.

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Grayshift Has Already Defeated Apple's USB Restricted Mode [Report]

krishnakant26 - June 15, 2018 at 2:34pm
Not far away when Apple says they are ditching lightening port too going completely wireless to so avoid such attacks.
Neolm09 - June 15, 2018 at 12:39pm
Staying with Apple devices, whether I like it or not, android stuff are far away to impress me, very far away.
ichild - June 15, 2018 at 11:48am
The is a fix for this I will not say more but that devii days are numbered have fun while it lasts.
The Watcher - June 15, 2018 at 3:25am
🤔You build a better mousetrap, We build a better mouse... 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂