Apple introduced its revolutionary security feature, the Touch ID with the iPhone 5S in 2013. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor is embedded within the home button, and also authenticates payments and downloads on the App Store. The fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S and newer devices are within the ‘Secure Enclave’. Despite being known for its security, a hacker has now revealed the decryption key for Apple s Secure Enclave. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing endsAlso Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
The Secure Enclave is found inside Apple s A7 processor which powers the iPhone 5S, but it operates separately. The software it uses isn t linked to the iPhone s main operating system, and is strictly responsible for security like Touch ID transactions and password verification. The hacker via Twitter (spotted by Redmond Pie) shared what could be the decryption key for Apple s Secure Enclave.
The Secure Enclave is considered the safest component of the iPhone. It uses a separate software update process to secure data, even if the device has been compromised. It generates a unique ID for each iPhone which automatically changes during each device reboot for more security. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 power button to double up as fingerprint scanner: the Touch ID saga so far
Security researcher Will Strafach responded to the hack reveal on Twitter saying that the Secure Enclave hasn t been hacked. This means that hackers will not be able to access the data inside the Secure Enclave. However, the decryption key provided is for the Secure Enclave s firmware and will hence allow researchers to dig into it. It would allow researchers to reveal vulnerabilities in Apple s Secure Enclave firmware. ALSO READ: Apple iOS 11: A roundup of the key features coming to the iPhone and iPad