Apple strikes down iPhone passcode hack

An iPhone prompting to enter the passcode is seen

An iPhone prompting to enter the passcode is seen

Often protected by a four- or six-digit passcode, a hardware and software combination has made it almost impossible to break into an iPhone or iPad without cooperation from the device owner.

The passcode protecting Apple's iPhones allows users to protect their device and shield it from surveillance or intrusion.

Though there is a limited number of attempts to enter a passcode a security researcher Matthew Hickey has found an easy way to cross this limit.

"When I sent codes to the phone, it appears that 20 or more are entered but in reality its only ever sending four or five pins to be checked", Hickey told ZDNet.

After posting his findings online, Hickey provoked a response from Apple, or rather, its spokesperson, Michele Wyman. By "modding" the iOS, you can download applications from third-party websites and stores, customize the interface of the device, etc.

Apple IOS = 12 Erase Data bypass, tested heavily with iOS11, brute force 4/6digit PIN's without limits (complex passwords YMMV) https://t.co/1wBZOEsBJl - demo of the exploit in action. When the keyboard inputs occur, it triggers an interrupt request that takes priority over everything else happening on the device. Apple is introducing a new feature called USB Restricted Mode.

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People consider iPhone as one of the most secure devices in our pockets.

To put this into perspective, a four-digit numerical code has 10,000 possible combinations and the video shows the passcode entries at about 3-5 seconds each.

Meanwhile, you can check out a video showing Hickey's brute force hack by clicking on the clip found at the top of this article.

The new feature will effectively prevent anyone from using the USB cable for anything other than charging the device if someone hasn't unlocked the device with a passcode within the last hour.

The claim is that by not leaving time for individual processing, and sending the brute-force attack in one long string of inputs (with no spaces), the iPhone will process all of them, and supposedly bypass the erase data feature.

This method also works with six-digit passcodes by running all the possibilities between 000000 to 999999 at one time.

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