Research company F-Secure has discovered a new vulnerability that threatens all the Macs that are not equipped with coprocessors T2. According to experts, hackers can steal data from the computer, even if you use FileVault encryption.
As the resource TechCrunch, the method based on the hacking attack at the time of “cold boot”. As you know, in modern computers provided the memory overwrite at the time of power-off that helps protect data from being read. Hackers managed to disable this protection using a previously unknown vulnerability. Thus, in theory, you could steal all the data that could accidentally be in the computer’s memory, including user accounts and passwords.
Security experts say that in order to exploit this flaw, attackers need physical access to the computer. However, this does not negate the fact that the vulnerability is critical and on a fix most likely already working at Apple and Intel.
Remarkably, iMac Pro and MacBook Pro (2018) were not affected by this problem, due to the T2 co-processor with improved encryption and security.