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Apple's macOS High Sierra was released to the public late last month, and very quick it was discovered that the operating system contained a very serious security exploit. In this particular case, the exploit takes advantage of the new Apple File System (APFS). A Brazilian software developer by the name of Matheus Mariano discovered that when adding a new encrypted APFS volume to a container in Disk Utility, you are asked to provide a password and a password hint (in case you manage to forget your login credentials). After going through this process, he unmounted the container, then remounted it, prompting macOS High Sierra to ask for the password. However, instead of displaying the password... Read more...
HotHardware doesn’t usually cover point releases when it comes to smartphone operating systems like iOS, but iOS 10.3 is the exception. While many folks wouldn’t expect much more than security updates and bug fixes with a .x release, Apple is actually make a pretty big change with the introduction of the Apple File System (APFS). You would expect for Apple to make such a big change going from iOS 10.x to iOS 11, but that isn’t the case with iOS 10.3. We first talked about APFS at length nearly a year ago, and it replaces HFS/HFS+, which is over 30 years old. APFS was specifically designed to take advantage of flash and solid-state drive (SSD) storage and it natively supports full disk encryption... Read more...
The HFS and HFS+ file systems have served Apple well for years, but it’s time to make a clean break from the past. That break from tradition is coming in the form of the Apple File System (APFS), which uses unified encryption to bolster the security of nearly every device that Apple makes. APFS has been in development for far too long to cite the FBI as the reason for its arrival, but we’re sure that the agency is by no means happy about its existence. Apple explains the need for APFS by writing: HFS+ and its predecessor HFS are more than 30 years old. These file systems were developed in an era of floppy disks and spinning hard drives, where file sizes were calculated in kilobytes or megabytes.... Read more...