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Watch OS Removed Passcode “Confirm” Button
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ghporter
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Apr 18, 2022, 09:33 AM
 
…And I’m not sure I’m happy about it.

With the Confirm button, you had to know the passcode - all of it. Without, if you stumble on the right combination, the watch unlocks. The Security Dude in me feels unhappy with this.

Admittedly it’s now mimicking iPhone behavior, but still…

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Apr 22, 2022, 04:06 PM
 
On the iPhone I think it can be set to wipe itself after 10 failed attempts.
     
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Apr 22, 2022, 08:06 PM
 
I think the watch will do that too. But having an unknown number of digits to guess is orders of magnitude more complex - and thus grossly more secure - than just showing the intruder "oh, you only need to guess 5 digits..."

Like I said, it's the security guy in me that doesn't like this. Not that it seems to be likely to be compromised, just that it's no longer as extremely robustly secure as it had been.

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