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Researchers hack iOS passwords in under six minutes

By Emil ยท 20 replies
Feb 10, 2011
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  1. German researchers at Fraunhofer SIT have managed to compromise and reveal passwords stored in a locked iPhone in under six minutes, without having to crack the phone's passcode. The 256-bit encryption to get the passwords stored in the devices' keychain was not broken; the encryption is independent from the personal password, which is actually supposed to protect access to the device. The attack, which also works on iPads, is worrying for those who utilize a passcode to lock their iPhone devices.

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  2. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 821   +29

    Wow thats kinda sad.
  3. Ahmed90

    Ahmed90 TS Enthusiast Posts: 99   +10

    there is bugs, flows and weakness in everything especially technology
  4. I'm an apple fanboy.

    iOS is truly popular. Popular than global warming. Thanks for these researchers now apple can close the holes and claim iOS is more secured. Just read toms, iOS is more secured than Android.

    I'm an apple fanboy.
  5. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Truly words of wisdom
    I do agree iOS is more secure though
  6. emzdhr

    emzdhr TS Rookie

    that is sad.. that you think iOS is more secured than Android..!!
    Apple sucks, and the drain your money.. try other products.. and you'll know what a dark world you were living in..!!
  7. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    You guys are aware that the comment he made was obviously sarcastic and satire of apple fanboys.
  8. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Ignoring the comments about popularity, Guest comments true aren't they? When Apple fixes these security flaws Apple will be more secure and also more importantly isn't iOS more secure then Android ATM?
  9. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    iOS itself isn't more secure. Everything in android runs sandboxed so you can't really deem it as insecure. Also the sheer amount of exploits used to jailbreak should show how poor the iOS security really is. It's the app approval process that keeps away malicious software.
  10. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Good to know. Not that i am arguing but considering the large number of iPhone users most developers/hackers would concentrate their attentions on iOS rather than Android, thus be able to find flaws more easily through sheer numbers.
  11. Whether it be IOS, Android, Windows, OSX, Linux, etc., there are vulnerabilites in all.
    The only secure OS is the one that isn't booted.
    The more we rely on mobile devices the more we have to assume that someone will be able
    to get info from our devices and act accordingly when it comess to the kind of data we have on our devices.
  12. ....but its an iphone......
  13. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 848   +39

    Hackers do actually think about what they are doing. iOS may have more users, but the app market is VERY strict. Hackers would rather go for an mobile OS that has a loose app store because it makes their job that much easier. That's part of the reason you see more hackers for Windows OS. It has a bigger user base, but it's also more loose than the Mac OS. The good thing about Windows is how customizable it is, but that's also it's downfall. People download themes and apps that aren't strictly monitored. And yes, this is coming from a Windows guy.

    So what i'm really getting at here (before we start a Windows vs Mac war, lol) is that Apple doesn't get hacked as often because of how strict they are. People hate it, but it's really a good thing. So it has its ups and downs. Although, if you use your device like someone who has even half a brain, you'd never get infected because you wouldn't be putting random crap on from random websites anyway :)
  14. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    I can't call these as 'words of wisdom' because I don't think it is any better secured then others, however, I will give you one thing, it is much more 'polished' solution when compared to all the competition around.
  15. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    We will have to agree to disagree
  16. Ha! I did it in 35 seconds without jailbreaking it. I had to threaten the owner with imminent demise though.

    Same technique took only 28 seconds with an android phone.
  17. What ever happened to Apple devices don't get viruses? Before all the mac fanboys would say it was immune to viruses and unhackable, now that apple has sold alot more products, exploits, hacks, viruses has become alot more common.
  18. I'm an Apple Fanboy.

    Just read this to those who think Android is more secure than iOS.


    iOS pawned Android! But I think it's just user's preference If you like iOS then hate Android. If you own an Android phone, you'll hate iOS.

    I'm an Apple Fanboy.
  19. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    Interesting read, though it only reinforced my earlier assertion that iOS is more polished solution. But if someone is not careful well, security is just a pip dream.
  20. Hence RIM will win for people who [know] ... Muahahahahaha.

    *all these [fanbois]*
  21. olibenu

    olibenu TS Rookie Posts: 23


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