Perform the complete forensic acquisition of user data stored in iPhone/iPad/iPod devices running any version of iOS. Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit allows eligible customers acquiring bit-to-bit images of devices’ file systems, extracting device secrets (passcodes, passwords, and encryption keys) and decrypting the file system image. Access to most information is provided instantly.
ElcomSoft already offers the ability to access information stored in iPhone/iPad/iPod devices by decrypting data backups made with Apple iTunes. The new toolkit offers access to much more information compared to what’s available in those backups, including access to passwords and usernames, email messages, SMS and mail files.
Huge amounts of highly sensitive information stored in users’ smartphones can be accessed. Historical geolocation data, viewed Google maps and routes, Web browsing history and call logs, pictures, email and SMS messages, usernames, passwords, and nearly everything typed on the iPhone is being cached by the device and can be accessed with the new toolkit.
Unlike previously employed methods relying on lengthy dictionary attacks or brute force password recovery, the new toolkit can extract most encryption keys out of the physical device. With encryption keys handily available, access to most information is provided in real-time. A typical acquisition of an iPhone device takes from 20 to 40 minutes (depending on model and memory size); more time is required to process 64-Gb versions of Apple iPad. The list of exceptions is short, and includes user’s passcode, which can be brute-forced or recovered with a dictionary attack.
Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit can access iOS secrets including most keychain items, opening investigators access to highly sensitive data such as login/password information to Web sites and other resources.
Knowing the original passcode is never required, but may come handy in the case of iOS 4+ devices. The following chart helps to understand whether you’ll need a passcode for a successful acquisition.
iOS 1.x-3.x: passcode not required. All information will be accessible. The original passcode will be instantly recovered and displayed.
iOS 4.0-7.x: certain information is protected with passcode-dependent keys, including the following:
- Email messages;
- Most keychain records (stored login/password information);
- Certain third-party application data, if the application requested strong encryption.
Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit can brute-force iOS 4+ simple 4-digit passcodes in 10-40 minutes. Complex passcodes can be recovered, but require more time.
Alternatively, an escrow file can be used to decrypt protected pieces of information even without knowing the original passcode. (An escrow file can be obtained from a computer with which the device under investigation has been connected/synced).
iOS Forensic Toolkit for Mac OS X requires an Intel-based Mac computer running Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or 10.9 (Mavericks) with iTunes 10.6 or later installed.
The Toolkit for Microsoft Windows requires the computer running Windows XP or Windows 7 with iTunes 10.6 or later installed.
Other versions of Mac OS X, Windows and iTunes might also work but have not been tested.
The Toolkit currently supports the following iOS devices:
Supported operating systems:
iPod Touch 1/2
|iPhone 3Gs, iPod Touch 3th gen, iPad 1|
|iOS 1..3||iOS 4.x||iOS 3||iOS 4/5||iOS 4/5/6/7|
(*) Devices running iOS versions before 3.0 do not have Data Protection enabled and user partition is not encrypted.
(**) Devices originally shipped with iOS 3.x, including those running iOS 4/5 that were upgraded from iOS 3.x without performing “erase install” (i.e. using ‘Update’ option in iTunes as opposed to ‘Restore’), do not have Data Protection enabled, and user partitions are not encrypted. Therefore, the decryption is not required.
(***) iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2+, iPad Mini and iPod Touch 5th gen support is limited to jailbroken devices only (iOS 5 ... 7).