iOS Forensic Toolkit: Troubleshooting Low-Level Extraction Agent

September 12th, 2023 by Oleg Afonin

In this tutorial, we will address common issues faced by users of the iOS Forensic Toolkit when installing and using the low-level extraction agent for accessing the file system and keychain on iOS devices. This troubleshooting guide is based on the valuable feedback and data received by our technical support team.

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Low-level Extraction for iOS 16 with iPhone 14/14 Pro Support

June 30th, 2023 by Oleg Afonin

A while ago, we introduced an innovative mechanism that enabled access to parts of the file system for latest-generation Apple devices. The process we called “partial extraction” relied on a weak exploit that, at the time, did not allow a full sandbox escape. We’ve been working to improve the process, slowly lifting the “partial” tag from iOS 15 devices. Today, we are introducing a new, enhanced low-level extraction mechanism that enables full file system extraction for the iOS 16 through 16.3.1 on all devices based on Apple A12 Bionic and newer chips.

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Open-Sourcing Raspberry Pi Software for Firewall Functionality: Secure Sideloading of Extraction Agent

June 19th, 2023 by Elcomsoft R&D

We are excited to announce the release of an open-source software for Raspberry Pi 4 designed to provide firewall functionality for sideloading, signing, and verifying the extraction agent that delivers robust file system imaging and keychain decryption on a wide range of Apple devices. This development aims to address the growing security challenge faced by forensic experts when sideloading the extraction agent using regular and developer Apple accounts.

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Safeguarding Digital Evidence: Don’t Shut It Down!

June 16th, 2023 by Oleg Afonin

In the digital age, where information is a precious commodity and evidence is increasingly stored in virtual realms, the importance of preserving digital evidence has become a must in modern investigative practices. However, the criticality of proper handling is often overlooked, potentially jeopardizing access to crucial data during an investigation. In this article, we will once again highlight the importance of meticulous preservation techniques and live session analysis to prevent the loss of digital evidence.

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What Forensic Vendors Don’t Like To Tell Their Customers. Part 2

June 14th, 2023 by Vladimir Katalov

Year after year, the field of digital forensics and incident response (DFIR) presents us with new challenges. Various vendors from around the world are tirelessly striving to simplify and enhance the work of experts in this field, but there are some things you probably do not know about (or simply never paid attention to) that we discussed in the first part of these series. Today we’ll discuss some real cases to shed light onto some vendors’ shady practices.

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What Forensic Vendors Don’t Like To Tell Their Customers. Part 1

June 13th, 2023 by Vladimir Katalov

The market of digital forensic tools is a tight one, just like any other niche market. The number of vendors is limited, especially when catering such specific needs as unlocking suspects’ handheld devices or breaking encryption. However, amidst the promises of cutting-edge technology and groundbreaking solutions, there are certain limitations that forensic vendors often don’t like to disclose to their customers. These limitations can have a significant impact on the applicability, effectiveness and reliability of the tools being offered.

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Elcomsoft Lab: Benchmarking Password Recovery Speeds

June 9th, 2023 by Oleg Afonin

In the realm of password recovery, benchmarking the speed of attacks holds significant importance. It is a customary practice to gauge the speed of attacks on various data formats using diverse hardware configurations. These tests yield results that are visually represented through graphs clearly demonstrating the performance of our products. However, these graphical representations merely scratch the surface of a much broader scope. Today, we delve deeper into the objectives and methodologies behind our password cracking speed tests.

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Volume Encryption in Synology DSM 7.2: LUKS with Questionable Key Management

June 8th, 2023 by Oleg Afonin

Synology DSM 7.2 introduced a highly anticipated feature: volume-level encryption. This data protection mechanism works faster and has less limitations than shared folder encryption, which was the only encryption option supported in prior DSM releases. However, upon investigation, we determined that the implementation of the encryption key management mechanism for full-volume encryption fails to meet the expected standards of security for encrypted data for many users.

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Breaking Wi-Fi Passwords with Intel Arc Graphics Cards

May 30th, 2023 by Oleg Afonin

Intel has unveiled its latest lineup of dedicated graphics cards, driven by the powerful Intel Xe architecture. The Intel Arc series showcases impressive performance, rivaling mid-range offerings from competing brands, while maintaining an exceptional price-performance ratio that outperforms NVIDIA’s counterparts. In this article, we explore the potential of Intel Arc GPUs for forensic password recovery and delve into their performance capabilities, comparing them with both Intel’s built-in graphics and mid-range NVIDIA RTX boards.

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NVIDIA RTX 40 Series Graphics Cards: The Faster and More Efficient Password Recovery Accelerators

May 18th, 2023 by Oleg Afonin

Every three years, NVIDIA releases a new architecture used in their GeForce series graphics cards. Powered by Ada Lovelace, the new generation of GPUs delivers 80% better performance in password recovery compared to Ampere. While the new generation of NVIDIA graphics is faster and more efficient than Ampere, it also received a price hike. Is the update worth it for the forensic experts? Let’s try to find out.

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iOS Forensic Toolkit and Open Source

May 4th, 2023 by Oleg Afonin

As a provider of mobile forensic tools, we at Elcomsoft strongly believe in giving back to the community. Our iOS Forensic Toolkit (EIFT) is a highly complex and powerful mobile acquisition tool, consisting of almost eighty sub-projects, many of which are open source. While we have benefited from the contributions of the community, we also believe that it’s time to contribute back to the open source community by publishing our changes to those projects as required by their permissive license.

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