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USB Restricted Mode, a new iOS feature that protects unauthorized access of the data on your iOS device, has a glaring omission that would make it quite easy for someone to beat in many scenarios. The new feature does not allow third parties to break into the phone without the owners agreement, effectively tightening security even more.

The feature was created to shield iPhone users against passcode-cracking devices used by law enforcement, essentially immobilizing any attempts at accessing the device after it's been in locked mode for an hour.

Elcomsoft's initial tests showed that once the USB Restricted Mode is enabled, there's no way to disable it with forensics tools.

USB Restricted Mode is created to thwart iPhone-cracking tools that work by connecting to the device's Lightning port. "In other words, once the police officer seizes an iPhone, he or she would need to immediately connect that iPhone to a compatible USB accessory to prevent USB Restricted Mode lock after one hour", Afonin writes in a blog post while explaining the loophole.

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If however someone does get to a phone within that hour period, they can shove in a USB accessory and prevent the smartphone from going into restricted mode until they have a chance to attach a cracking box later on. The toggle is off by default, and that's how you'll want it in order to use the feature. As the company says though, it is likely an oversight from Apple which will perhaps be fixed in a future point release of iOS 11.4 or when iOS 12 releases later this year. When you connect the iPhone to a computer, the two devices exchange cryptographic keys and establish trust. Additionally, if the Lightning accessory doesn't include a pass-through power port, there's no way to keep the device fueled during transport.

Battery drain is not listed among the bugs iOS 11.4.1 addresses.

Now, Apple should be testing iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 exclusively, as you shouldn't expect to see anymore iOS 11 updates. However, Apple had not released the details on its security page at the time of this posting, but expect them to appear sometime soon. We'll just have to wait and see.

If the countdown expires, USB Restricted Mode is still a good defense against hacks.

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