Archive for the ‘Security’ Category

Sn0wbreeze Updated Version 2.8b4. Now Supports iOS 5 Beta 3.

  • July 11, 2011 11:46 pm

Where redsn0w currently fails, sn0wbreeze prevails. A new version 2.8b4 adds in support for the latest iOS 5 beta 3 build released earlier today. As of writing, the supported devices list is as follows:

  • iPhone 3G[S] (new bootrom)
  • iPhone 4 (GSM)
  • iPhone 4 (CDMA)
  • iPod Touch 3G
  • iPod Touch 4
  • iPad 1G
  • iPhone 3G[S] (old bootrom)

Let us know how it goes!

[Update 2] Uh-Oh: iOS Beta 3 + Redsn0w Breaks App Store Apps.

  • July 11, 2011 11:02 pm

Feeling a bit Dirty Harry tonight with iOS 5 beta 3 and the latest release of redsn0w? Don’t. Reports from the growing legions of poor souls who have combined the two in an unholy union are paying for it. As it stands right now, using redsn0w to jailbreak iOS 5 beta 3 effectively kills all official App Store apps (read: they routinely crash when opening.)

The news comes from @Vexenon (Clayton Braasch) who claims it’s some type of sandbox issue.

To reiterate: there’s a sandbox issue causing App Store apps to crash after jailbreaking iOS 5 beta 3. Stay away if you’re not a developer.

Gadgetsteria’s Advice: Take @Vexenon’s advice — we’re not developers.


If you’re still bummed about redsn0w, why not give sn0wbreeze a shot? It’s currently jailbreaking iOS 5 beta 3 just fine.

Update 2

Redsn0w has been updated. Broken App Store apps be damned!

JailbreakMe 3.0 Update Promises To Fix Laundry List Of Bugs.

  • July 11, 2011 10:25 pm

Thank god for hackers. Hours after JailbreakMe 3.0 was released to the masses (officially) reports of many different, odd bugs started popping up. The ones that got the most media coverage involved BiteSMS causing continuous boot loops, the Cydia icon disappearing and of course, the broken camera kit problem.

Thankfully the iOS jailbreak scene moves faster than your typical Android manufacturer with updates as a new JailbreakMe 3.0 update has been released within a Cydia “Essential Update”. As long as you have an active internet connection and select “Upgrade Essential” or “Complete Upgrade” you’ll be good to go.

Now move along and get that hacked iDevice in tip top shape…

24 Hour Countdown: Julian Assange Extradition Case.

  • July 11, 2011 9:42 am

Wikileaks made a big splash earlier this year when it admitted to receiving a slew of top secret U.S. government documents and then subsequently releasing said cables for the world to see. The mainstream press has more or less condemned Wikileaks’ actions while also inflating governments’ ramblings of wrong doing. In recent weeks Wikileaks has continued on despite lawsuits and global scorn from various governments albeit in a much more subdued state. But things will heat up in less than 24 hours when Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition case to Sweden is officially heard.

If the UK government agrees and complies with the extradition order, Assange will be sent back to Sweden for alleged sexual crimes within 10 days. Said crimes (and their accusers) have been heavily questioned from the beginning as falsified with many even labeling the accusations as smear campaigns headed by disgruntled foreign governments. Assange meanwhile denies any wrong doing in Sweden regarding the women accusing him of “sex by surprise”.

The U.S. still maintains that Assange and Wikileaks pose a serious U.S. risk and amount to no less than treason, and label both as “enemy combatants”. If extradited to Sweden it is highly believed the U.S. will issue their own extradition order to try Julian Assange with the ultimate goal of death.

Stay tuned for more on Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

Tuesday Treat: Anonymous Claims Tomorrows Release To Be Biggest Yet.

  • July 11, 2011 9:06 am

Infamous “hacktivist” group Anonymous apparently has a treat prepared for all of us. Announced via their @anon_central Twitter account anonymous claims tomorrow will be the “biggest day” yet for the group. What do you think the latest leak will contain? Moon landing hoax photos? Rosewell pics from the 1950s? The name of the real JFK killer?

Stay tuned…

Samsung DROID Charge Gets Rooted. Tread Cautiously…

  • July 11, 2011 8:18 am

Feel like unlocking the true potential of your Samsung DROID Charge? The only real way to do so is by rooting said device and liberating it from the confines of carrier/manufacturer mandated hell. With that said the current Charge root method isn’t as easy as many of the 1-click deals we’ve seen populate the web. Add to that some old school, down and dirty command line action and you’ve got a task not meant for Android noobs. Nevertheless, you have to learn at some point, right?

Disclaimer: This particular method enables a permanent root and voids your warranty. If the warranty is something you hold near and dear, it’s best to watch this round from the sidelines. Android Authority has the how-to

HTC Makes Good On Promise. Announces Dates For Unlocked Bootloader Updates.

  • July 11, 2011 12:29 am

Talk is cheap. We see it in the tech world all the time. Manufactures attempt to win over customers with spec sheets alone while also providing empty promises in hopes that we’ll forget their carefully laced words but a few short months later. So when two of the most popular Android hardware vendors — HTC and Motorola — began locking down hardware in an attempt to stop Android hackers from installing custom ROMs under the guise of “security”, consumers took notice and vocalized their disapproval. Rather quickly both companies turned around and issued responses that echoed the same tone — they had heard the voice of the people and would begin bringing unlocked/unshackled hardware to enthusiasts once again.

Fast forward many months and the scene looks like this: Motorola’s talk is cheap. They have yet to make good on their numerous promises and continue to push out new device after new device in a hacker-unfriendly status. In the other corner you have HTC who just today announced via the Facebook Fan Page that they do in fact care about their most loyal customers. Not only will they be releasing new phones with unlocked bootloaders, but issuing updates to some very popular devices such as the HTC Sensation, Sensation 4G and EVO 3D currently on the market as well…

JailbreakMe 3.0 As Popular As Gadgetsteria - Blows Past 2 Million Downloads

  • July 10, 2011 1:55 pm

If you remember about a day after the release of JailbreakMe 3.0 on the web, we had posted about the jailbreak utility being downloaded over 1,000,000 times. Here we are around 4 days later and we have already doubled that number.

@chpwn has posted a tweet this past evening stating there has already been over 2,000,000 clicks on the jailbreak button - This is huge! It’s amazing to see the popularity of jailbreaking your iDevice. When freeing it from the shackles of Apple you unleash the true potential of the iPhone. You create so much more fun with your iPods and iPads. The hard working devs that want you to have amazing tweaks and themes that Apple doesn’t want. The benefits for sure out weigh the risks(not that there are any). Congrats to @comex for such another amazing utility and hopefully every iDevice is jailbroken by the end of July!

Lulz: iPad Smart Sign Jailbroken At Apple Store

  • July 9, 2011 3:02 am

Ever since the very first browser based Jailbreak, we’ve seen some folks hop on their lollerblades and skate on down to their local Apple Store to reek havoc on all the so-called ‘geniuses‘ working the sales floor. Up until around half way through the JailbreakMe 2.0 release, Apple hadn’t blocked the jailbreakme servers. But after so long of having to restore every floor model in stores across the US - including models at major retailers like Best Buy - everyone got smart and started blocking the servers.

With the release of JailbreakMe 3.0 we have the same problem. We can’t walk in and jailbreak the living day lights out of all the iDevices. It does seem though a lucky reader over at 9TO5Mac was able to figure out the Smart Sign screen gesture to get Mobile Safari up and launch the oh so popular PDF exploit and hack the crud out of the sign. If you aren’t familiar with an Apple Store and their ‘Smart Signs,’ these pricey signs are iPads that give all the information and specs on whatever device they are in front of. If Apple would just use paper like the rest of the world, this wouldn’t be an issue.

Hop on past for the video!