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Is Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Rules Out Hacking In iPhone 5S? 

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO, Tim Cook unveiled the latest version of the iPhone smartphone with 64-bit A7 processor, iOS 7 and a finger print scanner. Apple hackers are facing different challenges and opportunities. Recent generations of the iPhone are quite secure with its data use and management. Dino Dai Zovi, CTO at Trail of Bits said iPhone 4s or later with a complex passcode is a freaking cryptic. Apple did an excellent job with passcodes + on-chip crypto.

The Grugq, a Bangkok-based broker between bug buyers and sellers said introduction of a 64-bit processor in the iPhone 5s will also have security features for jail-breakers who exploit against various iPhone bugs to gain root access to the devices. Apple’s Fingerprint scanner can also face a threat in a scenario when user’s fingerprint retrieve from the touchscreen and re-image it to unlock the phone. Zovi told CNN that another potential attack might be digitizing the thumb image.

The A7 processor in the iPhone 5s is placed in an area called Secure Enclave, which is designed to encrypt the fingerprint scans made by the device. So, the encrypted information could only be gathered from processor and could not be leaked from the iPhone. A passcode as a backup will be needed for Touch ID to unlock the phone if the phone is either rebooted (for example, in the case of a full battery drain) or hasn’t been unlocked for 48 hours. So this feature generates a loophole in the technology as it sets a time limit for criminals to avoid the fingerprint scanner.

Touch ID approval may be complicated if fingerprints don’t pass enterprise muster. Such type of systems with security policies requires a passcode on the mobile device will rule out fingerprint reader compatibility with Exchange EAS.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares moved up 0.37% to $466.60 in pre-market today.
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