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Has Israeli ‘Cellebrite’ Reverse-Engineered Some/All Of Apple iOS 8.x To Unlock iPhones?

by Anura Guruge


Click here to access “patentlyapple.com” original of this article.

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Not sure whether Apple and others are being disingenuous here BUT from the time I heard of Cellebrite’s involvement with the FBI to bypass the “wrong password” retry safeguards it was very clear to me that Cellebrite MUST offer this service to others.

I also don’t think that the FBI was their first client.

It would appear that they have been unlocking, in terms of encryption, phones for some time now.

In the case of iPhones they might have reverse engineered some of the iOS source code at the MACHINE CODE instruction level (as opposed to C++ code). Reverse engineering code is doable with enough smarts and hard work.

What we now need is ENCRYPTED machine code! Something that I thought about 40 years ago, while working for IBM, around the same time I came up with my software authentication scheme (which is still used today) in 1978. Think about it. SMILE. It is doable. 


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by Anura Guruge

That FBI, With Help From ‘Cellebrite’, Could Compromise Apple iPhone Encryption Is Bad News For The World.

by Anura Guruge


The media, alas, continues to misrepresent exactly what the issue was to begin with and how and what the FBI (and Israeli ‘Cellebrite’) did to get to the encrypted data.

They did NOT break encryption.

That is pretty hard to do.

What they did was DISABLE the ‘Wrong Password’
retry safeguards.

You have all seen it. Enter the wrong password to say an online bank or credit card account three times and you are LOCKED OUT. You have to call in and start providing valid credentials and explanations. Well what the FBI and Cellebrite did was DISABLE this wrong password retry safeguard. Then they could keep on trying MILLIONS of passwords a second until they eventually got the one that unlocked the data.

NOT GOOD NEWS.

That a 3rd party was able to do this disabling is downright bloody scary.


Apple encryption bypass with Cellebrite by Anura Guruge

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Click to access the Israeli ‘Cellebrite’ Website.


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Very good ‘Infographics’ in “LA Times” on this issue. Click to access.


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Click to access GOOD article in “ComputerWorld” on this Apple issue.


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by Anura Guruge