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Connecting Magnet AXIOM Directly to GrayKey for iOS Investigations

A lot of people using GrayKey for iOS extractions recognize the value it brings by allowing full access to the file system, bypassing passcodes, and gaining access to tons of data that would otherwise be unavailable to your investigation. Back in February, we announced a partnership with Grayshift to better assist law enforcement recover the most evidence from iOS devices. Since then we’ve added many artifacts of significant value to AXIOM including user data, location data, timestamps that can assist iOS investigations.

With AXIOM 3.1, we’ve also worked with Grayshift to allow the two tools to connect directly to each other to make that workflow even more seamless. You can now launch AXIOM, connect to your GrayKey, and pull images directly into AXIOM for processing.

How to Connect to GrayKey in AXIOM

First, launch AXIOM and proceed to choose your evidence source by selecting Mobile -> iOS -> Connect to GrayKey

Ingestion options

From there you’ll be prompted to input the hostname or IP address of your GrayKey box that is connected to the same network as your examination computer. You would have created this when you did the initial setup of the GrayKey device.

The last hostname/IP will be remembered if you have connected to the GrayKey previously. From there you will be prompted for the password for the GrayKey and if it’s the first time you’re connecting to it there will be an allow/deny screen authorizing Magnet AXIOM access to the GrayKey.

GrayKey login

Once authenticated, you can choose a location where you want to store the GrayKey extractions. I’ll typically store this with the rest of my images on a separate drive but you can decide where is best for your workflow. Next, you’ll be presented with the list of extractions available to you on the GrayKey. The name, UUID, iOS version, and evidence ID are presented to identify which device you want to download.

Evidence sources

Once you have selected a device, the next screen will allow you to select what items you would like to process with AXIOM. The items available here will depend on the device and type of extraction performed but generally you’ll have the option to include a file system dump, the keychain, and process memory.

Select images

Once your options are selected, hit Next and your download will begin. Once the download is complete, AXIOM will automatically verify the hash of the file to validate that the download was completed successfully. If the download fails or the hash verification is incorrect, you will be given the option to retry the download.

Select evidence source

After everything completes successfully, the evidence will be loaded into AXIOM and you can begin processing the evidence. This new integration will allow examiners to save time by integrating their two favorite tools together for iOS investigations. Additionally, it will help validate the integrity of the evidence that is being downloaded by verifying the image hashes. Stay tuned for future releases where we continue to improve the integration and work together to assist law enforcement when conducting iOS investigations.

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