SRD First Boot

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Executive Summary

This Article will guide you through SRD First Boot and cryptex installation to Quickstart your Research by Building from Source or Installing from pre-built DMG.


  • macOS
  • Xcode Beta
  • Security Research Tools
  • brew install gnu-sed automake



SRD First Boot

This Post will cover Connecting your Apple Security Research Device (SRD) to an X86_64 or M1 for installation of a cryptex using a Host. Topics covered are First Boot, Configuration Options, Prebuilt Binaries, Cryptex File System Installation and Code Signing.

Install Steps

This example makes use of the directory ../example-cryptex/.

  • Plug in your SRD to your X86_64 or M1 HOST
  • Open Finder and Trust the Device
  • On the SRD Screen, Trust the Host
  • Open Terminal
  • cd example-cryptex

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First Boot

Boot your SRD and complete the usual Retail Setup taking care to observe the remarks below. Welcome to the Fold!

Apple Security Research Device Initial Welcome Screen


DO NOT ENTER ANY iCloud, Password, PIN or Recovery Number

ONLY Wireless Network Info

Apple Security Research Device | Do Not Use Passcode
Apple Security Research Device | Do Not Use Passcode

DO NOT ATTEMPT to Upgrade the SRD via Retail Methods like me…

SRD Upgraded via iOS Retail
SRD Upgraded via iOS Retail

First Boot: Plug in to Host and Boot the SRD. Step thru the configuration screens taking care to Bypass the iCloud, Password, PIN and Recovery Number. Only input your Wireless Info. Open Safari and check that you can Surf the Web. Next, it is time to attach the SRD to a Host.


Read the next Article for how to Install a Cryptex to the SRD or Install the pre-built example SRD Cryptex DMG with the Link below.

Install Example SRD Cryptex DMG

Copy and Paste in Terminal to Download and Install an example SRD DMG

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"


What is an example Work Bench Configuration?

M1 & X86 Mini’s and more powerful PC hardware, JTAG Cables and typical debugging hardware found in a Lab.

Some of the essential Debugging Tools on the workbench are: M1 Mini, X86_64 Pro Laptop, Jailbroken iPhone X, Frida, Wifi-Pineapple, Monitor/Inject Network Cards, Hardware Taps, Hopper, IDA, Breakout Boards, RasPi’s, SIM Cards, POTS Line, Class 5 Switch Access, Twilio, EMF Gear, Thermal Devices, RF/RFI/SDR Tooling. An iPhone 12 Pro, iPad Pro, Homepod & Watch and other Accessories have been very helpful too.

Some of the essential Software Debugging Tools are: Toybox Unstripped, Burp Suite Pro, Proxyman, Wireshark, Paw Cloud, DNS Server, Aircrack-ng, OpenPCAP, Replay Tools, a Cloud Platform for CI/CD, Telemetry, Fuzzing, Crash Reporting and more.

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