Latest iOS 11.4 beta includes USB Restricted Mode to spoil cops

Latest iOS 11.4 beta includes USB Restricted Mode to spoil cops

Once the Restricted Mode comes into effect, users will have to connect to a USB transfer device while the phone is unlocked in order to regain the full functionality. GreyKey, for example, is able to crack iPhone passcodes for just $15,000.

Afonin also notes that plugging the device into a computer after USB Restricted Mode has been enabled won't bring up the usual "Trust this computer" prompt until the user iPhone is unlocked using a passcode, Touch ID or Face ID. According to Elcomsoft, it will instead be part of the final iOS 11.4 release.

Currently, anyone who's obtained physical access to an iPhone has to have a passcode or fingerprint authentication to unlock it and access data like contact lists, messages or photos.

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Riding on that trend, a new bug has been found, once again in the iOS Messages app, that can crash the app as well as the whole operating system due to memory handling error. This basically locks the device in a way that it can not be restored or updated via iTunes after the threshold period is met.

The issue is that there as so many of these characters within the message, that the processor inside the iPhone or iPad can't deal with it, which then causes iMessage to crash. You can also try to delete the faulty message from another iOS device linked to the same iCloud account. The USB Restricted Mode automatically disables data if the phone is locked for a week and will disable itself when the phone is normally unlocked. Even connecting your device to a computer won't see the device recognized once the restriction is active. While law enforcement officials can still exploit devices within seven days of collection, but if they are left in evidence for longer getting into the devices can be hard.

"Both companies keep their lips shut as to the details of their techniques, so the exact method they use to gain access to the devices is not known to Apple". Earlier this year, for example, a company called Cellebrite claimed to have a solution capable of unlocking any iPhone running any variant of iOS, including an iPhone X running iOS 11.

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