Feeds

Cracking software retrieves iPhone 4 passwords

No jailbreaking necessary

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

A Russian password-cracking company has released software it says can recover passwords stored on Apple's latest iPhone without modifying the device or any of the data stored on it.

ElcomSoft of Moscow says the latest version of its iPhone Password Breaker will recover the encrypted keychains that the iPhone 4 uses to store passwords for email accounts, websites, and third-party software. The company markets the software as a tool for forensic investigators, but there's nothing stopping creepy roommates and spouses from using it to surreptitiously snoop on people who use the Apple smartphone.

The software works by extracting the password used to encrypt an iPhone keychain once it has been backed up on a computer hard drive. iOS 4, which Apple released in June, gives users the option of encrypting the backup using a hardware key that's unique to each iPhone, or with a dedicated backup password.

“The latest update allows ElcomSoft tool to grant forensic access to passwords stored in iPhone devices running iOS 4, with known or unknown backup passwords and without altering the content of the phone,” the company said in a press release issued Thursday. “In case the original backup password is unknown, ElcomSoft iPhone Password Breaker will perform the recovery of the original password to backup. With a known backup password, keychains are recovered near instantly.”

The company offers a wide variety of password-cracking tools that make use of video acceleration hardware from ATI or Nvidia, a process that's “orders of magnitude faster than traditional CPU-only algorithms.” The software is designed to work seamlessly with higher end PCs that have a GPU card installed.

A PDF of ElcomSoft's press release is here. ®

Mobile application security vulnerability report

More from The Register

next story
LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs
Blow to bit-spitter 'tis but a flesh wound, claim team
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'
Swapping other people's sexts is a fringe benefit, says Snowden
Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too
Remote code exec in HTTP server hands kit to bad guys
British data cops: We need greater powers and more money
You want data butt kicking, we need bigger boots - ICO
Crooks fling banking Trojan at Japanese smut site fans
Wait - they're doing online banking with an unpatched Windows PC?
NIST told to grow a pair and kick NSA to the curb
Lrn2crypto, oversight panel tells US govt's algorithm bods
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.