Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Comments
Better Locks Than Back Doors: Why Apple Is Right About Encryption
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
CoreyN293
50%
50%
CoreyN293,
User Rank: Apprentice
3/7/2016 | 8:02:51 PM
Re: John McAfee
BTW.. an update to my response that I thought McAfee's claims about hacking the iPhone 5c was all bluster... Turns out I was on to something... Anew article just came out where he said he lied about it to get more attention on the issue... I can't share the direct link, but you can find it on The Daily Dot, titled: 

John McAfee lied about San Bernardino shooter's iPhone hack to 'get a s**tload of public attention'

 


 

 
CoreyN293
50%
50%
CoreyN293,
User Rank: Apprentice
3/4/2016 | 5:28:30 PM
Re: John McAfee
I think it's all bluster... As another security expert already said, if McAfee really had someone that could crack the iPhone 5c, he'd actually use a real 5c and do a video proof-of-concept (PoC) on that phone to prove it. In other words, pics, or in this case, video or it didn't happen...

 

That said, sure it's theoretically possible that there is an vulnerability somewhere in iOS that a researcher finds one day, but until McAfee shows a PoC, I assume its all talk...
CoreyN293
50%
50%
CoreyN293,
User Rank: Apprentice
3/4/2016 | 5:24:24 PM
Re: Ends Don't Justify the Means
I actually think intelligence gathering attempts are proper in this case.

I honestly don't care about the privacy of a dead terrorist and murder... So I don't think there is anything wrong with the FBI having all the terrorist's stuff and trying to break into this phone... However, I do think asking an external third party to specifically break a security control and have to take the undue burdern of designing a special operating systems for this one case is too much...

I do care about the privacy of Apple's millions of other customers. So while the FBI does keep insisting this special firmware will only be for this one phone, I think this would set a precident for many others, which may not be as clear cut as this one terrorist case... Plus, it doesn't even discuss how much burden a private company needs to go under to support the authorities... If they do decrypt this one phone, and then authorities come to Apple with hundreds of other phone, next thing you know Apple is spending all time and money on something that is really not their business.. So besides just that fact that the existence of this technique makes everyone's phones less safe, we need to also consider the burden on a private business that had nothing to do with the attack.
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
3/2/2016 | 8:20:15 AM
Ends Don't Justify the Means
I agree with you that in this case that the ends do not justify the means because they jeopardize the privacy of so many others. But when is intelligence gathering the proper course of action. The phone in question could harbor data that may lead to potential saving of lives, etc.
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
3/2/2016 | 8:13:30 AM
John McAfee
Is there truth in that John McAfee interview around the ability of cracking into an iPhone. Logically what he is saying makes sense but I think he is over simplifying the process of cracking into the phone.


COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/2/2020
Ripple20 Threatens Increasingly Connected Medical Devices
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  6/30/2020
DDoS Attacks Jump 542% from Q4 2019 to Q1 2020
Dark Reading Staff 6/30/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
How Cybersecurity Incident Response Programs Work (and Why Some Don't)
This Tech Digest takes a look at the vital role cybersecurity incident response (IR) plays in managing cyber-risk within organizations. Download the Tech Digest today to find out how well-planned IR programs can detect intrusions, contain breaches, and help an organization restore normal operations.
Flash Poll
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-9498
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
Apache Guacamole 1.1.0 and older may mishandle pointers involved inprocessing data received via RDP static virtual channels. If a userconnects to a malicious or compromised RDP server, a series ofspecially-crafted PDUs could result in memory corruption, possiblyallowing arbitrary code to be executed...
CVE-2020-3282
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
A vulnerability in the web-based management interface of Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Unified Communications Manager Session Management Edition, Cisco Unified Communications Manager IM & Presence Service, and Cisco Unity Connection could allow an unauthenticated, remote attack...
CVE-2020-5909
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
In versions 3.0.0-3.5.0, 2.0.0-2.9.0, and 1.0.1, when users run the command displayed in NGINX Controller user interface (UI) to fetch the agent installer, the server TLS certificate is not verified.
CVE-2020-5910
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
In versions 3.0.0-3.5.0, 2.0.0-2.9.0, and 1.0.1, the Neural Autonomic Transport System (NATS) messaging services in use by the NGINX Controller do not require any form of authentication, so any successful connection would be authorized.
CVE-2020-5911
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-02
In versions 3.0.0-3.5.0, 2.0.0-2.9.0, and 1.0.1, the NGINX Controller installer starts the download of Kubernetes packages from an HTTP URL On Debian/Ubuntu system.