Technology News

latest updates from easySERVICE™

Contrary to Apple’s Claims A researcher has reported to Apple that email attachments stored on an iOS device are not encrypted at rest

apple

In explaining the considerable measures Apple put in iOS to protect data, one claim the company makes is that encryption on the device protects “…your email messages attachments, and third-party applications.” It seems that a bug in recent versions of iOS means that iOS doesn’t completely live up to these claims.

Research by Andreas Kurtz, who has reported security issues to Apple in the past, shows that iOS, since at least version 7.0.4 and including the current version 7.1.1, does not encrypt attachments at rest.

Kurtz tested for the bug by creating an IMAP email account and putting some messages with attachments in its folders. He then shut the device down and accessed the file system using well-known tools. He was able to view the files in clear text.

In a blog post dated April 23, Kurtz reported that he had reported the problem to Apple and that they said they were aware of it, but had no schedule for fixing the bug. We contacted Apple about the same issue and they have not responded to our inquiry.

Source: Associated Press

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on May 6, 2014 by in Apple, Security, Smartphone, Technology and tagged , , , , , , , , .
%d bloggers like this: