Friday 41

Insecure iPhone

Filed under: Computers, Security — Tags: , — zundel @ pm

Lost iPhone? Lost Passwords!
malware hazard

Passwords are not secure on iPhones that are lost. This is the result of tests carried out at Fraunhofer Institute SIT in Darmstadt. Within six minutes the institute’s staff was able to render the iPhone’s encryption void and decipher many passwords stored on it. If the iPhone is used for business purposes then the company’s network security may be at risk as well. The flawed security design affects all iPhone and iPad devices containing the latest firmware.

Security expert: iPhone password hack shows flawed security model

…you would likely want to use Apple’s (now free) remote wipe feature in order to protect your data, but remote wipe is easily thwarted by removing the device’s SIM card. Any attacker sophisticated enough to decrypt the keychain will know this trick.

…hackers can use iOS’s built-in APIs to access and decrypt certain passwords—including those for network access and e-mail accounts…

The only security, on any device, starts with installing and managing your own security systems.



  1. http://blog.agile.ws/lost-iphone-safe-passwords/

    One possible solution

    Comment by zundel — Friday 41 @ pm

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