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Apple acknowledges iOS 10 security flaw that makes it easier to access protected iTunes backups
A new discovery by iOS forensics company Elcomsoft has revealed that encrypted iOS backups via iTunes are much easier to crack with iOS 10 than in past years. The change in security is apparently due to a new password verification method in iOS 10.
The discovery centers around the idea that the backup method used in iOS “skips certain security checks” that were present in past versions of iOS, thus allowing passwords to be attempted signficnatly faster than before. Interestingly, the new backup method works alongside the old back up method, meaning that for pre-iOS 10 backups, the old method is used.