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Re: Apple iOS v6.1 (10B143) - Code Lock Bypass Vulnerability #2
From: andfarm <andfarm () gmail com>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 02:47:56 -0800
On 2013-02-17, at 17:21, Vulnerability Lab <research () vulnerability-lab com> wrote:
A code lock bypass vulnerability via iOS as glitch is detected in the
official Apple iOS v6.1 (10B143) for iPad & iPhone.
Did you actually test the exploit on the iPad? I'm guessing you didn't, because the iPad has no emergency call function
(nor, for that matter, any phone functionality at all).
The vulnerability allows an attacker with physical access to bypass via a
glitch in the iOS kernel the main device code lock (auth).
What makes you think the kernel is involved? Springboard seems a much more likely candidate, seeing as how it's what
actually handles the passcode lock screen.
Also, the term you are looking for here is "passcode lock". Not "code lock", nor "auth".
The vulnerability is located in the main login module of the mobile iOS
device (iphone or ipad)
Wait a minute, now it's an issue with the "main login module", not the kernel? Can you identify what application or
framework this module is part of?
OK, let's just be honest here. Did you actually locate any code which is responsible for allowing this exploit to work,
or are you just guessing?
The vulnerability can be exploited by local attackers with physical device
access without privileged iOS account or required user interaction.
Oh boy, this one is giving me hives.
1. A "local attacker" is usually implied to have physical access, *especially* to a handheld device. If they didn't,
they'd be a remote attacker.
2. iOS doesn't really have accounts, let alone "privileged" ones.
3. The exploit is composed entirely of user interactions. Saying that "the vulnerability can be exploited
[...without...] required user interaction" is completely, utterly, totally wrong.
Hell, this whole sentence says almost nothing. It's all implied by a non-logorrheic description of the exploit, like
"we found a way to get an iPhone to sync with a computer without entering the passcode".
I haven't tested the exploit myself yet, but the first step makes me wonder:
0. Connect your device with itunes and the appstore to make sure the code lock is activated
If you've previously connected the phone to the computer, you don't need to unlock the device to sync it. Am I
misreading this step, or do all the following steps just lead up to a perfectly ordinary sync?
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