Apple iOS 11.4.1 Release Has A Nasty Surprise


iOS 11.4.1 is here and my Upgrade Guide has already explained why it’s an essential update. That said, beneath the surface, Apple AAPL -1.31%

has made one crucial change and the nasty surprise is it has already been compromised…

‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.

It was omitted from the official release notes, but with iOS 11.4.1 Apple quietly introduced an enhanced version of its ‘USB Restricted Mode’. This was meant to counteract a Grayshift hack which automatically enters passcodes via the Lightning port until the correct code is found and a device is unlocked. But it turns out Apple’s enhancement was half-baked.

What Apple did in iOS 11.4.1 was decrease the time until an iPhone or iPad’s Lightning port is disabled from one week to one hour after the last successful unlock. But security specialist ElcomSoft discovered this time limit will…

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