iOS 11 Patches Bug Used By $500 Machine Which Can Crack Open iPhone 7’s Passcode


Recently, YouTuber EverythingApplePro uploaded a video showing how a $500 piece of hardware could be used to bypass the passcode protection lock on any iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It also worked on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, though only under certain scenarios.

Ideally, using this hack requires the hacker to have physical access to the handset and the iPhone in question having a four-digit passcode. It also requires that the passcode in question of the iPhone was changed very recently.

The box works by guessing the four-digit passcode that will unlock the iPhone. The problem here is that it can make those rapid guesses only for the first 10 minutes after the passcode is changed. If this 10-minute threshold is crossed, the process slows down greatly. So, for example, if the four-digit passcode of an iPhone has been changed just a few minutes back, this $500 box would take more than 3 days to unlock the phone. And if it’s a six digits passcode that was changed recently, it could end up taking more than a year to guess the correct combination.

Law enforcement agencies are known to use similar boxes to try and break into iPhones of suspected criminals.

Apple has also confirmed to TechCrunch that the box will not work on iPhones running iOS 11 when the OS drops in September. Apple has already patched the ‘bug’ used by the box in iOS 11 beta 4. More specifically, the 10-minute window in which the box could rapidly guess the passcode has been patched. So while it might still work on iOS 11, the time taken by it to unlock an iPhone will be unrealistic.

[Via TechCrunch]

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