Apple improved protection against hacking in iOS 12

In iOS 12 Apple even more improvements to the USB mode Restricted Mode restricting data transmission via Lightning, convinced experts of the company ElcomSoft. If before the disconnection of the connector came in an hour after you lock the smartphone, now the defense has become more sophisticated.

Now Lightning will depend not only on the old iPhone lock, but also of the duration of the connection to USB. For example, if the user connected the device to the cable (even charger), Lightning will be automatically disconnected after three days since the last connection.

How to protect iPhone from breaking

This innovation is an additional security measure because the ecosystem USB accessories are unable to provide the proper level of protection against unauthorized penetration. In this case, refers to software and hardware hacking like GrayKey.

How to cheat USB Restricted Mode

However, as the experience of the real-time counter USB mode Restricted Mode it is still possible to cheat. It is enough to connect to the device adapter Lightning to USB Camera 3 and an external battery (to avoid discharge). In this state iPhone or iPad can indefinitely do not activate USB Mode Restricted.

Not a bug, but a feature

Apple’s official position is that the ability to reset the counter when you connect the adapter is part of the function of the “Universal access”. It enables people with disabilities to connect to a smartphone or tablet to an external device not to enter a password on the screen.

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