iOS Hotspot password can be cracked in under 50 seconds




iOS Hotspot password can be cracked in under 50 seconds

The Personal Hotspot feature in iOS is suitable for quick connection of devices that can then use the wireless connection of the device. Namely, the pre-shared key (PSK) can be changed manually by the user, but Apple also generated as supposedly secure password combinations of a word, and 4-digit code.

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That these PSKs are not so sure, shows a study of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. The list of generated by Apple PSKs comprises just 18.5 million different entries. These derive from a word list with 1,842 entries, followed by a four digit code.

It was found, as iOS generates the passwords. It will make use of the dictionary, which is responsible for the automatic text correction. Of chance in the selection of this password can be no question. The top 10 entries in the database appear ten times more common than password than other entries. With this knowledge, it is possible to reduce the number of possible entries up to that 18.5 million.

A composite of 4 AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards can run 390,000 tests per second. The password would thus be cracked in under 50 seconds. About an app (hotspot cracker) can create the password list, it also shows how you can then crack with commercial hotspot. For later versions of the application of online password cracking services is planned, as smartphones have only a relatively weak computing power.

iOS is the problem not the way alone. Other operating systems, the hotspot passwords based on a pre-shared key struggling with this problem. You can find the project at the Faculty of Engineering Department of computer science , the details of the procedure to allow the cracking of PSKs are available as PDF document .

Does your mobile hotspot feature of your smartphone with a password or changing your prescribed it to you feel safer?

Source: FAU |


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