Archive for the ‘Security’ Category

PSA: Unlock That iPhone 4S for T-Mobile, Maybe. [Rumor]

  • November 18, 2011 1:13 am

Rumor has it that there is an unlock that has been discovered for the iPhone 4S running iOS 5 - without a jailbreak. I personally cannot test this, but from what the interwebs has been saying, it works. Some users have had to attempt the hack multiple times to get it working, but eventually it yields you an unlock.

Please test this at your own risk, I can’t say whether or not this can cause any damage. I would suggest either waiting for an ultrasn0w unlock or purchasing a full price unlocked iPhone from Apple.

Jump past for the instructions…

Kindle Fire Rooted, Source Code Released.

  • November 16, 2011 7:09 am

Good morning, aspiring Kindle Fire developers. The most important news you should know this morning: The Kindle Fire has been rooted, already, and its source code released!

The source code will allow for the future creation of custom ROMs and other goodies. Codemonkey/Gods aside, us mere mortals will find more use out of the fact that the Fire is how rootabl compliments of SuperOneClick v2.2

Questions/concerns? Hit up thisAndroid Central forum post on the ins and outs of SuperOnceClick to help ease you along. Gotta start somewhere.

See what you miss when you’re asleep?

You Want An Untethered iOS 5 JB? Then Stay Away From 5.0.1!

  • November 9, 2011 10:52 am

With the release of 5.0.1 poking it’s head around the corner, we need to keep the jailbreak[ability] in the back of our minds. iOS 5 isn’t even a month old in it’s general release build, and Apple is already seeding the next update to certain people. This update will hopefully fix the dreaded battery life that iOS 5 has injected into our devices. Among the battery fix we should also see a fix for the security flaw for the iPad 2 and Smart Cover rectified. With all that said, what about a jailbreak? We know that the Chronic Dev Team are hard at work on the untethered after finding 5 exploits in iOS 5.

If you remember back to Monday, we told you about a bug pod2g had uncovered that will exploit the phone into an untethered jailbreak. Obviously a lot of work has to be done, and no release date has been set, but we are on the right path. Today he warns us that the 5.0.1 update can keep you away from the coveted untether.

Recently, Charlie Miller found a bug that exploits a flaw in Apple’s restrictions on code-signing. In short, it is a security measure put in place that only allows Apple-approved commands to run on iOS devices. This bug Miller found pwns that and sends and allows unapproved commands to be ran and executed. This will most likely be fixed by Apple with the 5.0.1 update.

Note about 5.0.1 : don’t update if you plan on jbking : the bug Charlie MILLER found can simplify exploits dramatically and will be closed.

We suggest staying away from 5.0.1 upon it’s release. This doesn’t mean that 5.0.1 will not have an untethered jailbreak, it just means it might take longer if the exploit they have is fixed. Also, we are confident that a dev will release the bug fixes as a package in Cydia, so you can get the benefits of 5.0.1 while staying at an untethered jailbroken 5.0.

Apple Confirms Siri An iPhone 4S Exclusive For The Time Being. No Plans For Legacy Support.

  • November 8, 2011 10:46 pm

Image Credit: AppleInsider

Despite rumors to the contrary, an email obtained by AppleInsider effectively kills any hope for an Apple approved Siri port to non-iPhone 4S devices.

“”Engineering has provided the following feedback regarding this issue: Siri only works with iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices,” the email read.”

Of course, Apple’s “approved” features hardly mean much of anything to the jailbreak community who have time and time again re-enabled Apple-neutered features, and even brought features to the iOS platform that Apple hasn’t even touched yet. With that said, Siri has already been shown on non-iPhone 4S hardware so it’s not a question of “if” but “when” Siri will begin popping up elsewhere.

Infographic: iPhone And Android Users’ Security Concerns.

  • November 8, 2011 10:56 am

I know what you’re thinking: “Another infographic!” If you’re not one that doesn’t find joy out of readying the small amounts of text and pretty pictures, simply pass on a long. Otherwise, hop inside for an infographic put together by Lookout Mobile Security and Column Five Media on iPhone & Android security.

Jump on in…

[Update]Previously Discovered iOS Panoramic Camera Feature Found Hiding In Latest Build Of iOS 5.

  • November 7, 2011 11:14 pm

The previously discovered panoramic capabilities within iOS 5 were again unearthed today by iOS hackers @chpwn and @conradev. Sadly the feature isn’t able to be activated in a non-jailbroken state. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A quick look at the screenshots above show that the functionality is still in its infancy as it’s characterized by rudimentary buttons and UI that would never (normally) see the light of day. Still, elementary UI and all, the feature is capable of producing decent panoramic shots as can be seen by the (drastically reduced) image above — the full-sized image was 6122×2852 pixels.

To enable the panoramic feature all that’s needed is a simple editing of “” by enabling “Firebreak”, a jailbreak app that will at some point be released on Cydia.

Hopefully Apple doesn’t wait until iOS 6 to release this nifty built-in feature. Though if they do, “360″ is a great app to get panoramic shots.


@chpwn has Tweeted that Cydia is now carrying the amazing Firebreak app.

Firebreak (enable the hidden iOS 5 panorama) is now out in Cydia! (Also, a quick appslide update for Notification Center issues is out.)

[Video] Siri Shown Running On iPhone 3GS.

  • November 7, 2011 4:24 pm

Back in late October we showed you two talented iOS hackers who managed to get Siri up and running on the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch. Today the same two hackers, @stroughtonsmith and @chpwn, have managed to take Siri one generation further back in time to the 3GS. A video tweeted by another iOS hacker by the name of Ryan Petrich (@rpetrich) shows a quick 18-second clip of a iPhone 3GS appearing to launch/run Siri seamlessly and also connect to Siri’s servers without any fuss.

Whether or not Siri runs fine on older hardware doesn’t really matter. Apple artificially limited software features in the past with iMovie. Siri is no different. It is bullet point for Apple to market the newest generation of iPhone. And afterall, Apple is a hardware company who just so happens to also sell (and make a boatload of money off of) software. Nonetheless, it is exciting to see Siri can work on several year-old hardware, no?

Video after the break…

iSpy Something…Private!!!

  • November 7, 2011 11:07 am

For those of you that thought type that SMS or e-mail on your smartphone was hidden from the masses, you are wrong. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed screen spy software that can tell what you are typing from up to 200 feet away. Jan-Michael Frahm and Fabian Monrose are the geniuses behind this little gem. They wondered if modern computer vision technologies threatened mobile phone privacy, so they created a program to steal text remotely, using only known techniques.

The way iSpy works is that it takes the common bubble text effect that happens when typing a letter on Android devices as well as in the keyboard on your iPhone. If you recall the last message you typed, if you hold on a letter, it shows up in a bubble so you are aware of what you are typing. The program analyzes the footage of where those bubbles appear on your screen to determine what is being typed. For the letters that overlap, like E and R, the software assigns accuracy probability to each letter. The leet hack worked 90% of the time, so beware of those dirty little late night emails you like sending out!

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iOS Hacker Finds iOS 5 Bug, Paves Way For iOS 5 Untethered Jailbreak.

  • November 7, 2011 10:03 am

The iOS 5 tethered jailbreak is good and all, but if you’re constantly tweaking things and rebooting your iDevice, having to hook up said device to re-do the jailbreak each and every time gets old. Real fast. Thankfully a legitimate untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 is one step closer after a tweet by iOS hacker pod2g reveals he has found a new bug in iOS 5 that should make an untethered jailbreak possible.

“Hey jailbreaking friends, I’ve found a bug that can untether iOS 5. Don’t expect a release soon, but I’m gonna work hard in it.”

Don’t go preparing your iDevice for jailbreak status quite yet, though, as pod2g admits that a release isn’t going to happen in the near future, but that he is “working hard at it”.

With Apple adding in more and more functionality with each successive iOS release that originally required a jailbreak to get and thereby reducing the need for a jailbreak to begin with, we’d like to hear what you still jailbreak for — UI customizations, system utility tweaks?