iOS 17 Initial Access Support For Magnet GRAYKEY And Magnet VERAKEY

Following closely on the release of Apple’s annual major iOS update, Magnet Forensics is thrilled to announce that Magnet GRAYKEY and Magnet VERAKEY support consent-based, full-file system extractions iOS Devices running Apple iOS 17—including the latest: iPhone 15.

While iOS releases bring exciting new features, as well as updated security features for Apple users, they also add to the challenges faced by examiners who need to access and extract critical data from mobile devices involved in criminal investigations.

For the purposes of this post, we will continue to reference GRAYKEY, but the same support also applies to VERAKEY devices.

The Impact to Digital Forensics Practitioners

Any changes to the operating system of a device can impact a number of key artifacts that examiners rely on to gain insight and evidence required for their cases.

Chris Vance, Magnet Forensics Senior Technical Forensics Specialist who specializes in mobile and macOS research has detailed the changes and additions in iOS 17 that could impact forensic investigations.


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For more information on changes to key artifacts such as iMessage/SMS/MMS, Call Logs, Contacts, and  Notes check out Chris’ blog:  iOS 17: Another Year, Another Byte of the Apple or register for the upcoming webinar, presented as part of the ongoing Mobile Unpacked series:

Unlocking iOS 17’s Secrets – Exploring the Full File System

With recent breakthroughs in Magnet GRAYKEY, we now have access to full file system images for iOS 17. Let’s explore what these additional areas have given us in comparison to standard quick imaging or logical+ style imaging. Topics will include new/moved voicemail storage and transcriptions, the use of multiple SEGB formats, and more!

Continued iOS and Android Development

As part of our comprehensive iOS and modern Android device support, GRAYKEY is continually updated to ensure that you have the tools required to investigate the critical mobile data sources you encounter in your cases.

Both Apple and Android will continue to roll out new iterations of their operating systems as new security features are required so be sure to check back here for the latest mobile support in the market.

Learn More About GRAYKEY

If you are interested in learning more about GRAYKEY and these new features, please reach out to us at sales@magnetforensics.com.

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Alan Platt, Professional Services Consultant at MSAB, discusses his experience as a former UK police officer working in digital forensics. He talks about the different levels of digital forensics capabilities within police forces and how MSAB products like XAMN and XEC Director are used by frontline officers versus lab analysts. 

The discussion covers how MSAB partners with law enforcement to develop custom workflows for mobile device acquisitions that facilitate ISO compliance. Alan explains MSAB's managed service offering, where approved MSAB staff can remotely access a customer's XEC Director server to assist with software updates and troubleshooting. He emphasizes the strict data segregation policies enforced by customers to prevent MSAB from accessing any sensitive case data.

Looking ahead, Alan mentions MSAB's new CEO and hints at some exciting developments coming down the pipeline. He spotlights recent enhancements to XEC Director's speed and database functionality for managing large estates of networked Kiosks. Alan also plugs the new XEC Director training he created to help users fully leverage the platform's capabilities.

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17:20 – Ensuring a secure environment
19:45 – Customer training
20:35 – Helping customers comply with ISO accreditation
25:00 – Validation and verification
27:30 – ISO standards
30:00 – MSAB’s pipeline plans
32:40 – XEC Director 
43:45 – Privacy of user data

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The discussion covers how MSAB partners with law enforcement to develop custom workflows for mobile device acquisitions that facilitate ISO compliance. Alan explains MSAB's managed service offering, where approved MSAB staff can remotely access a customer's XEC Director server to assist with software updates and troubleshooting. He emphasizes the strict data segregation policies enforced by customers to prevent MSAB from accessing any sensitive case data.

Looking ahead, Alan mentions MSAB's new CEO and hints at some exciting developments coming down the pipeline. He spotlights recent enhancements to XEC Director's speed and database functionality for managing large estates of networked Kiosks. Alan also plugs the new XEC Director training he created to help users fully leverage the platform's capabilities.

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07:00 – Training
12:00 – Workflows
17:20 – Ensuring a secure environment
19:45 – Customer training
20:35 – Helping customers comply with ISO accreditation
25:00 – Validation and verification
27:30 – ISO standards
30:00 – MSAB’s pipeline plans
32:40 – XEC Director
43:45 – Privacy of user data

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