Apple iPhone Password Work-Around

Fort Worth Police Department

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  • February 26, 2008


If you encounter an Apple iPhone where the phone is locked with a Passcode, keep in mind the hand set only allows 5 Passcode attempts before locking out phone.

This work-around is limited to iPhones with firmware versions 1.1.2 and earlier. The workaround was disabled on version 1.1.3 in February 2008.

Data can be retrieved from the SIM card as well as from the phone handset. To remove the SIM card, place a paperclip in the hole at the top of the phone. Force must be applied to get the SIM holder to pop-up. The SIM card will be inside a plastic tray and can be easily removed. Process the SIM card as normal.

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3 comments for “Apple iPhone Password Work-Around

  1. May 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Ummmm, this is OLD NEWS. In the mobile space, this is like a whole 2 epochs back. ‘Exploit found in Windows 3 (not 3.1).’

    The bulk of iPhone users are now on Firmware 3.13 (current) or 3.12 (if ‘jailbroken’). Those who have older iPhones will be on the current version of Firmware 2. But 1? That’s a museum piece at this point.

    This exploit for police use is a cell phone service backdoor based on the older Smartphone model. But with the sophistication of 2 firmware updates since I see police departments moving more to a PC forensics model (throw phone in Faraday bag, take to lab, dissect, access SSD). In fact it HAS to be this way because iPhones can be set to self-wipe all data on 10 failed passcode attempts.

    -Drunken Economist

    • Public Intelligence
      May 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm

      This site is an archive.

  2. May 26, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I know. I’m just trying to put some current context on some 2008 information.

    I’m grateful that public intelligence is around, it’s good to see this info out in the open, for all, rather than only in somplace like say, an issue of 2600.


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