As a result of the current argument between Apple and the FBI, Apple is reportedly developing new ways to make hacking the iPhone even more difficult in the future. According to the New York Times, the company wants to prevent passcode-free recovery mode in future iPhones. Apple also intends to encrypt backups stored on the iCloud
Apple is planning to find a way into disabling DFU mode (Device Firmware Update), or limit it. This mode is used by Jailbreakers to install a special version of iOS to bypass some of Apple’s features.
Apple has created the device firmware update (DFU) mode for trouble shooting purposes in case the device’s operating system, iOS crashes. If say your iPhone iOS crashes, Apple lets you boot your iPhone into DFU mode so that you can reinstall a fresh version of iOS without having to enter a passcode.
DFU mode stands as the center of the dispute because its current design makes the FBI requests possible. If Apple requires a user to enter his/her passcode within the DFU mode, Apple wouldn’t be able to create a special firmware that would let the FBI attempts as many passcodes in as little time as possible.
The DFU settings can only be changed for next-generation models, Apple has reportedly started working on the solution. For now Apple has to resist the authorities in the court before the company is compelled to write the special version of firmware for the FBI’s request. If Apple is ultimately ordered to conform with the Bureau, it won’t have to do so in the future.
When it comes to iCloud security, Apple encrypts its servers’ data but still owns the decryption key, which it can use to decrypt an iPhone backup and hand them to the FBI.
According to the FT, Apple is thinking of giving the private key to its customers so that so that it can’t decrypt their backup data. However, if a customer looses the password or key, he wouldn’t be able to access his iCloud data ever again; In this case, Apple wouldn’t be able to help them.
Ever since Edward Snowden revealed how the US government conducts mass surveillance programs based on data provided by companies, Apple has made its devices and services more secure to make it harder to hack iPhones. Though lots of individuals argue that this case is related to an alleged terrorist’s iPhone, Tim Cook argued in an interview with ABC News that this is about all iPhones.
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