It seems that Apple has completely blocked the password password hacking tool in iOS 12
GrayKey can no longer break passwords on devices that have been updated to the latest version of iOS
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Earlier this year, Apple updated its iOS system to block crackers such as GrayKey
(used by police officers and government law enforcement officers)
But the original patch for iOS 11.4.1 was not perfect, as researchers still find ways around it.
This seems to have changed with iOS 12 last month, which in recent Forbes report notes has completely blocked the GrayKey tool, preventing it from breaking the password of any device running the latest software.
It is not clear what Apple has done to secure GRAYKEY
Gray Key was the first to launch waves earlier this year as a tool developed and sold specifically to police departments to break passwords on iPhones for use in investigations.
But now, instead of using passwords that force word abortions, GrayKey seems to be limited to just "partial extraction" and only allows access to unencrypted metadata such as file sizes.
Forbes does not say whether or not the patch has been updated recently, or if it has been improved since iOS 12 was released in mid-September, but at least for now, GrayKey appears to have been turned off.
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It is also unclear what Apple has done to close Gray Key this time. Forensic expert foresaw Forbes that "everything can be better protection of the kernel to the limitations of the installation of a stronger profile," but no one knows for sure.
But according to police officer Captain John Sherwin (from the Rochester Police Department in Minnesota), it is "fairly accurate assessment" to say that Apple has stopped GrayKey from opening up updated hardware.
Whatever Apple did to turn GrayKey off here, however, chances are that Grayshift - the company that develops GrayKey - is already looking for an alternative solution to continue bypassing Apple's password systems.