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Passware Proves Mac OS Lion Insecure Revealing Login Passwords in Minutes

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. July 26, 2011 Passware Inc.

Dmitry Sumin

The Mac OS vulnerability relates to user login passwords that are stored in the system memory even if the computer is locked or put into a sleep mode. Passware Kit Forensic v11 captures live Mac computer memory over FireWire and analyzes it, extracting these passwords. The process takes a few minutes, regardless of the password strength and use of a FileVault encryption. The vulnerability is present in all modern versions of Mac OS, including Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and the latest Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, released last week.

The security risk is easy to overcome by simply turning off the computer instead of putting it to sleep, and disabling the "Automatic Login" setting. This way, passwords will not be present in memory and cannot be recovered.

Sumin continues, "I am a Mac user myself, but it’s important to understand the limitations of your computer’s security, even if you are not a computer forensics expert. If data stored is confidential, it is important to ensure physical security of the computer. One might also consider using additional encryption software."

Passware Kit Forensic – a Comprehensive Encrypted Evidence Discovery Solution

Passware Kit Forensic provides immediate password recovery for any protected file detected on a PC or over the network while scanning, revealing hidden and protected data files on a suspect’s computer. Passware Kit Forensic, complete with FireWire memory imaging module, is the first and only commercial software that decrypts BitLocker and TrueCrypt hard disks, and instantly recovers or bypasses Mac and Windows login passwords of seized computers.

Additional features of Passware Kit Forensic 11 include:

  • Recovery of login passwords from Mac OS X users database
  • Recovery of passwords for Mac keychain files, which gives access to user information contained in these files: saves passwords (for websites, network shares, wireless networks), private keys, certificates, etc.

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Passware $995

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