A Russian password-breaking company have released software it claims can retrieve passwords stored on the latest version of the Apple iPhone. The technique allegedly does not modify the device or any of the data stored on the device.
ElcomSoft of Moscow claims the iPhone Password Breaker software can recover encrypted keychains used by the iPhone 4 to store passwords used for email, third-party software and websites. The software can be used by forensic investigators to recover data without changing the content of the phone, the company says.
“In Apple iPhone devices, passwords to email accounts, Web sites, and certain third-party software are stored securely in keychains that are encrypted with hardware keys unique to each individual device,” according to a company statement. “Prior to the release of iOS 4, keychains remained encrypted with a device-specific key even when exported to an off-line backup file. With iOS 4 this is not necessarily the case. With the release of Apple's new OS, iOS 4, the keychains can now be stored in device backups encrypted only withbackup's master password. Knowing the password protecting the off-line backup, it is now possible to gain access to encrypted keychains.”
A statement from the company is available here