Hacker Claims to Have Decrypted Apple's Secure Enclave Processor (SEP) Firmware
Several reports suggest that a hacker who goes by the name of “xerub” claims he has decrypted Apple’s Secure Enclave Processor (SEP) firmware and published on Thursday the decryption key.
Apple’s SEP (Secure Enclave Processor) is a component found in the A7 chipset that powers the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3 devices, as well as any of the A-series processors that Apple released since then.
It’s also capable of handling Touch ID transactions, cryptographic operations in Apple Watch Series 2 smartwatches, password verifications, and other security-related processes. SEP is encrypted by design and it’s totally isolated, which means it can’t be compromised.
“The processor forwards the data to the Secure Enclave but can’t read it. It’s encrypted and authenticated with a session key that is negotiated using the device’s shared key that is prov… (read more)