Category Archives: iPhone

Preliminary Findings on Whisper

At the suggestion of @kashhill, I did a brief analysis of the Whisper iOS application, which appears to be at the height of controversy with respect to user privacy. My preliminary observations follow. Note, I am only looking at the technical … Continue reading

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Disk Analyzer: Zero Free Space on Your iOS Device

Interested in the low level statistics of your iOS device’s disk, such as inode consumption and other file system metrics? Disk Analyzer allows you to view and work with your device’s used and free space and partition statistics. This simple little … Continue reading

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Private Photo Vault: Not So Private

One of the most popular App Store applications, Private Photo Vault (Ultimate Photo+Video Manager) claims over 3 million users, and that your photos are “100% private”. The application, however, stores its data files without using any additional protection or encryption … Continue reading

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Counter-Forensics: Pair-Lock Your Device with Apple’s Configurator

Last updated for iOS 8 on September 28, 2014 As it turns out, the same mechanism that provided iOS 7 with a potential back door can also be used to help secure your iOS 7 or 8 devices should it ever fall … Continue reading

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How to Help Secure Your iPhone From Government Intrusions

There’s been a lot of confusion about Apple’s recent statements in protecting iOS 8 data, supposedly stifling law enforcement’s ability to do their job. FBI boss James Comey has publicly criticized Apple, and essentially blamed them for the next hundred … Continue reading

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The Politics Behind iPhone Encryption and the FBI

Apple’s new policy about law enforcement is ruffling some feathers with FBI, and has been a point of debate among the rest of us. It has become such because it’s been viewed as just that – a policy – rather than … Continue reading

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iOS 8 Protection Mode Bug: Some User Files At Risk of Exposure

Apple’s recent security announcement suggested that they no longer have the ability to dump your content from iOS 8 devices: “On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, … Continue reading

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Your iOS 8 Data is Not Beyond Law Enforcement’s Reach… Yet.

In a recent announcement, Apple stated that they no longer unlock iOS (8) devices for law enforcement. “On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders is placed under … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Tim Cook and Apple’s Security Team

Greetings! You may not know me, but you probably know my research over the years. I’ve been researching security on Apple devices since 2007, when iPhone first came out, and even helped put together the very first jailbreaks. I’ve assisted law … Continue reading

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Is Apple’s new 2FA Really Secure? (Answer: It’s Pretty Solid)

I’ve recently updated my TL;DR regarding the recent celebrity iCloud hacks. I now summarize Apple’s latest changes to improve their 2-factor authentication (2FA) . Apple has implemented not just a band-aid, but a very good security solution to protect iCloud accounts, by … Continue reading

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