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  • German Researchers Highlight Security Threats of Jailbreaking


    German researchers have come froward with a public warning: If someone steals your iPhone and jailbreaks it, they may be able to retrieve your sensitive passwords. As a result, the "Fraunhofer Institute Secure Information Technology" team has released a new video showcasing the perceived "security threats" posed by jailbreaking, a situation in which an "attacker can retrieve passwords in 6 minutes."

    The video demonstrates a password-locked iPhone tethered to a computer via USB. Following a snappy jailbreak, the hoodlum taps into the device's filesystem and nefariously copies a keychain access script. When executed, the script enables all the passwords stored on the iPhone to be viewed after extraction. This "flawed security design" - which affects all iPhone and iPad devices containing the latest firmware - makes all of the above possible without the need to even unlock a password-protected handset.

    While the video and demonstrated process largely fail to tell our community something it doesn't already know, the discussion itself speaks to a bigger issue. The surplus of recent talk surrounding the security weaknesses of the iPhone and other jailbreaking-related dangers is leading up to the unveiling of the iPhone 5 this summer. The 5th generation iPhone is believed to be deeply vested in ramped-up security features. As a result, some in the jailbreaking community believe that Apple is about to make "doing our thing" exponentially more difficult to do.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: German Researchers Highlight Security Threats of Jailbreaking started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 81 Comments
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      Quote Originally Posted by koo101 View Post
      If anyone is surprised by this then you're being intentionally naive. If you want a secure phone, get a BlackBerry. If you use an iPhone, you get what you pay for - and you're not paying for security.
      Once any phone is in the hands of someone other than the rightful owner security is compromised. Once the phone is out of your hands, what is Blackberry gonna do offer a remote wipe, iPhone has that feature also.