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Learning iOS Forensics - Second Edition by Pasquale Stirparo, Mattia Epifani

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Lockdown certificate

The first time you connect an unlocked iDevice to a computer and run the iTunes software, a pairing/sync certificate, known as a lockdown certificate, is created on the computer's hard drive. Depending on the operating system in which iTunes is installed, lockdown certificates are stored in the following folders:

  • Windows 7/8/10: C:\Program Data\Apple\Lockdown
  • Windows Vista: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\roaming\Apple Computer\Lockdown
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Apple Computer\Lockdown
  • Mac OS X: /var/db/lockdown

In older version of Mac OS X lockdown certificates are stored in /Users/[username]/Library/Lockdown/.

Within these paths, there is a lockdown certificate for each device that was ever ...

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