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Master Key April 30, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Accessories, Security.

The usually helpful people at SubRosaSoft are known for making really nice software that saves and salvages files and other lost data. They even make device-specific file recovery utilities for music and photos like iPods and digital cameras. You want your ass saved, go to SubRosaSoft.

But I think they went a bit too far with their latest product – your ass is grass if the wrong people get a hold of this nice, expensive little trinket.

It’s called MacLockPick, and it’s exactly what it implies – a lock pick for your Mac. SubRosaSoft defines it as “a valuable tool for law enforcement professionals to perform live forensics on Mac OS X systems”. The valuable data in the Apple keychain and in other password and critical data locations are apparently open for looting and rifling if you had the right tool and a running Mac for a target, even a sleeping one. By default, the keychain is left open by the OS and leaves the information it’s supposed to secure free for the taking. The data include passwords, logins, buddy lists, email details, serial numbers, bookmarks, cookies, etc.

The MacLockPick is a USB flash drive that you insert into a running Mac. Once jacked in the software runs and does the dirty deed quick. It does not write anything to the Mac, and leaves no trace it was ever there; it resets everything back to the state it was in before the pick was used. It just saves the data it gets into the drive, and disappears into the night (or a pants pocket) like the thief that it is. Included readers can access the purloined database on Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. It’s something James Bond might have on his Aston Martin’s keychain.

Scary thing, if you ask me. Cool, yes, but this goes a bit overboard, don’t you think? SubRosaSoft restricts sales of the pick to law enforcement people only. (Sure. Like the way guns are supposed to be?) Perhaps the biggest restriction for the MacLockPick is the price: US$500 for the stick.  But hey, all a pirate needs is one, and pretty soon it’s all over the damned place.

I predict the next biggest selling product will be physical locks for your USB ports. All I know is, no one’s coming near my Mac with a flash drive from now on.



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