Researcher disputes Apple's claim that iOS 7 encrypts email attachments

by TabTimes Staff

May 1 2014

Despite Apple's claims to the contrary, a researcher has told the company that email attachments stored on an iOS device are not encrypted at rest.

Research by Andreas Kurtz shows that iOS, since at least version 7.0.4 and including the current version 7.1.1, does not encrypt attachments at rest.

Kurtz tested for the bug by creating an IMAP email account and putting some messages with attachments in its folders. He then shut the device down and accessed the file system using well-known tools and was able to view the files in clear text.

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