Many “unused” iOS encryption measures, cryptographers claim

iOS doesn’t use built-in encryption measures as much as it could, allowing for potentially unnecessary security vulnerabilities, according to cryptographers at Johns Hopkins University (via Wired).

Using publicly available documentation from Apple and Google, law enforcement reports on the exclusion of mobile security features, and their own analyzes, the cryptographers assessed the robustness of iOS and Android encryption. Research has found that while the encryption infrastructure on iOS “sounds really good”, it’s largely left unused:

“On iOS in particular, the infrastructure is set up for this hierarchical encryption that sounds really good,” said Maximilian Zinkus, chief iOS researcher. “But I was definitely surprised to see how unused it is then.”

When an iPhone starts up, all stored data is in a “Full Protection” state and the user must unlock the device before anything can be decrypted. While this is extremely safe, researchers have pointed out that once …

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