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iPhone: a flaw allowed to obtain the PIN code via the sensors

code pin iphone 5c 1024x622 - iPhone : une faille permettait d

code pin iphone 5c 1024x622 - iPhone : une faille permettait d

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Posted: April 21, 2017
Updated: April 21, 2017

by benjamin

Security researchers at Newcastle University identified a security vulnerability last yeariOS. Once exploited, it made it possible to determine the pin code of the iPhone. Like he usually does, Apple was quick to resolve the problem. Earlier this month, additional information was shared about the vulnerability.

In a research note, the British researchers inform that the access to the data of the sensors of the telephone does not require any particular authorization, if one uses a Web navigator. It is thus possible to collect precise information concerning the use of the touch screen by an analysis of the data received by the sensors. From there, determining the phone’s PIN becomes a breeze.

pin code iphone 5c 1024x622 - iPhone: a flaw allowed to obtain the PIN code via the sensorsTo collect the data, the researchers used malware based on a JavaScript exploit. They then checked the results obtained with some iPhones. The hacking success rate is quite impressive: 70% on the first attempt to reach 100% on the fifth.

Last week, we learned that the problem was solved a year ago already, with the update iOS 9.3 of the mobile operating system from Apple. Android is still concerned by this security flaw. However, Google has not yet made any provision for its OS.