Posts Tagged ‘checkm8’

What does “forensically sound extraction” mean? The classic definition of forensically sound extraction means both repeatable and verifiable results. However, there is more to it. We believe that forensically sound extractions should not only be verifiable and repeatable, but verifiable in a safe, error-proof manner, so we tweaked our product to deliver just that.

Apple is known for a very long time they support their devices. On January 23, 2023, alongside with iOS 16.3 the company rolled out security patches to older devices, releasing iOS 12.5.7, iOS 15.7.3 and iPadOS 15.7.3. iOS 12 was the last major version of iOS supported on Apple A7, A8, and A8X devices, which includes the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 and 6 Plus generations along with several iPad models. We tested low-level extraction with these security-patched builds, and made several discoveries.

Just before the turn of the year, we’ve made an important update to Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit, a low-level iOS file system extraction and keychain decryption tool. The update brings checkm8 support to iOS, iPadOS and tvOS 16.2 devices, and enables agent-based low-level extraction of iOS 15.5. We’ve also fixed what’s been long broken: the ability to sideload the extraction agent from Windows PCs, yet the two updates are delivered in different branches. Sounds confusing? We’re here to solve it for you.

Several generations of Apple TV devices have a bootloader vulnerability that can be exploited with checkm8 to extract information from the device. The vulnerability exists in the Apple TV 3 (2012 and 2013), Apple TV HD (formerly Apple TV 4) 2015 and 2021, and Apple TV 4K (2017). Newer generations of Apple TV do not have the vulnerability. This guide lists the tools and steps required to fully extract a compatible Apple TV device.

checkm8 is the only extraction method available for the Apple Watch S3 allowing full access to essential evidence stored in the device. In this guide, we will talk about connecting the Apple Watch S3 to the computer, placing the watch into DFU mode, applying the checkm8 exploit and extracting the file system from the device with iOS Forensic Toolkit 8.0.

The extraction method or methods available for a particular iOS device depend on the device’s hardware platform and the installed version of iOS. While logical acquisition is available for all iOS and iPadOS devices, more advanced extraction methods are available for older platforms and versions of iOS. But what if more than one way to extract the data is available for a given device? In this guide, we’ll discuss the applicable acquisition methods as well as the order in which they should be used.

The newly released iOS Forensic Toolkit 8.0 delivers forensically sound checkm8 extraction powered with a command-line interface. The new user experience offers full control over the extraction process, yet mastering the right workflow may become a challenge for those unfamiliar with command-line tools. In this quick-start guide we will lay out the steps required to perform a clean, forensically sound extraction of a compatible iPhone or iPad device.

The title says it all. In this article we’ll explain the steps required to put the listed Apple TV models into DFU mode. These Apple TV models are based on the A5, A8, and A10X chips that are susceptible to the checkm8 exploit and checkm8-based extraction with iOS Forensic Toolkit 8, and DFU mode is the required initial step of the process.

iOS 16 brings many changes to mobile forensics. Users receive additional tools to control the sharing and protection of their personal information, while forensic experts will face tighter security measures. In this review, we’ll talk about the things in iOS 16 that are likely to affect the forensic workflow.

iOS Forensic Toolkit 8.0 is officially released! Delivering forensically sound checkm8 extraction and a new command-line driven user experience, the new release becomes the most sophisticated mobile forensic tool we’ve released to date.