Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Lockdown Mode

Apple (MacRumors, Hacker News):

Apple today detailed two initiatives to help protect users who may be personally targeted by some of the most sophisticated digital threats, such as those from private companies developing state-sponsored mercenary spyware. Lockdown Mode — the first major capability of its kind, coming this fall with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura — is an extreme, optional protection for the very small number of users who face grave, targeted threats to their digital security.


Messages: Most message attachment types other than images are blocked. Some features, like link previews, are disabled.

Web browsing: Certain complex web technologies, like just-in-time (JIT) JavaScript compilation, are disabled unless the user excludes a trusted site from Lockdown Mode.

Apple services: Incoming invitations and service requests, including FaceTime calls, are blocked if the user has not previously sent the initiator a call or request.

And no configuration profiles. This sounds great, though I would rather see something like Little Snitch for iOS to help protect against rogue apps.

See also: Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Ron Deibert.


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Agreed, this is more implicit trust in Apple; what's wanted is user audits and controls over traffic. Also, it's a shame you can't enable features independently: I can see a use for disabling link previews and attachment types, but not restricting communication from outsiders. Let's hope this all amounts to someding useful.

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