Browsing Archive July, 2013

Saurik Releases Both An Exploit (Cydia Impactor) And A Patch For The ‘Android Master Key’ Vulnerability

Saurik really is a jack of all trades. Not only is he the mastermind behind Cydia, essentially a 3rd party App Store for Jailbroken iOS devices, but he is also behind numerous Cydia tweaks and iOS frameworks. To top all of this off Saurik even turned his attention to Android back in May when he released both Cydia Substrate and Winterboard for Android. It looks like Saurik isn’t done with Android just yet though…

Android Master Key

He has tweeted today that he has just patched a severe security vulnerability that plagues 99% of Android devices that has been nicknamed ‘Android Master Key.’ The vulnerability was originally discovered by the company Bluebox Security and I will let them take it away in explaining it to you:

The Bluebox Security research team – Bluebox Labs – recently discovered a vulnerability in Android’s security model that allows a hacker to modify APK code without breaking an application’s cryptographic signature, to turn any legitimate application into a malicious Trojan, completely unnoticed by the app store, the phone, or the end user. The implications are huge! This vulnerability, around at least since the release of Android 1.6 (codename: “Donut” ), could affect any Android phone released in the last 4 years – or nearly 900 million devices– and depending on the type of application, a hacker can exploit the vulnerability for anything from data theft to creation of a mobile botnet.

Not only has Saurik patched ‘Android Master Key’ and released it to the public for those that want to manually protect themselves though, he has also released a tool called Cydia Impactor that can root an Android phone or tablet utilizing the vulnerability. He has noted that it should “work up through approximately Android 4.1, including Glass and Google TV.”

Saurik Releases Both An Exploit (Cydia Impactor) And A Patch For The 'Android Master Key' Vulnerability

As 9To5Google explains “In true jailbreak fashion, the exploit [tool] runs from a Mac or PC and in a few steps gives your su/Root access to the infected phone/tablet. While it isn’t as plug and play easy as recent iOS jailbreaks, it is easy enough for anyone who wants to root their unpatched phone to do in a few minutes.”
Saurik plans to go into more detail on the vulnerability, his patch and Cydia Impactor next month at the annual Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. In the mean time be sure to check out his in-depth article on the matter on his blog.

VIA iJailbreak


Apple Will Release iPad and iPhone With Bigger Screens

Apple and its suppliers are testing larger screens for iPhones and tablets, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal. The outlet claims the Cupertino company has asked its Asian partners for a wide range of screen sizes for prototype devices.In recent months, Apple has requested smartphone screens larger than 4 inches—the size of the displays on its current iPhone and iPod, as well as screen designs for a new tablet device that is said to measure slightly less than 13 inches diagonally…

The Journal’s Lorraine Luk has the scoop:

“Apple Inc. AAPL -1.58% and its Asian suppliers are testing larger screens for iPhones and tablets, officials at the company’s suppliers say.

In recent months, Apple has asked for prototype smartphone screens larger than 4 inches and has also asked for screen designs for a new tablet device measuring slightly less than 13 inches diagonally, they said. The current iPhone 5 has a four-inch screen, while the iPad has a 9.7-inch screen. The iPad Mini, a stripped-down version of its tablet computer, has a 7.9-inch screen.”Of course, Luk is quick to tag the news with the boilerplate disclaimer: “Apple regularly tests different designs for its products as it refines them during development.” So keep that in mind, as it’s possible these ‘prototype devices’ will never see the light of day.

It’s worth noting, however, that the claims aren’t unsubstantiated. We’ve heard a number of reports now that Apple is working on iPhones with various display sizes. In June, Reuters said it was testing handsets with screens ranging between 4.7 and 5.7-inches.

And even the 13-inch tablet idea doesn’t come without prior art. In May, a story made its way around the web that Apple was building a 12.9-inch ‘iPad Maxi.’ Admittedly, we called this rumor ‘crazy,’ but it appears that there’s at least some truth to the matter.

The key takeaway here is that it looks like Apple is no longer ok with the status quo. They’re no longer convinced that the iPhone should just be a ‘one-size-fits-all’ handset, and are at least open to the idea of expanding the line like it has its iPod and iPad.

Don’t get too excited though. We won’t likely see the fruit of this new thinking until next year, at the earliest. This year’s model, the iPhone 5S, is expected to feature the same hardware design and screen size as last year’s model with a few modest enhancements.

What do you make of all of this? Will Apple release an iPhone with a larger display? And what about this 13-inch iPad?

Via iDownloadblog Source WSJ


Find My iPhone: How To Use This iOS Application

Even if you are very attentive and careful there are days when everything goes wrong. Sadly, losing your smartphone on one of such days is a common thing and it does happen to people. It’s not easy to get the iPhone back if it has been stolen or lost. But there is an application called Find My Phone designed by Apple to help solve your problem.


Apple and HopStop app Now Together! The Fruit Company Bought It Today

As pointed out by multiple outlets and tweeted by several reporters, Apple has acquired an online navigation startup to improve its troubled Maps offering, Bloomberg just reported. HopStop makes a free iPhone and Android transit app that features detailed subway, bus, train, taxi, walking and even biking directions.

This is exactly the kind of data Apple’s Maps need in order to become a viable alternative to Google Maps. The HopStop software also features real-time transit information via the HopStop Live service, the official transit maps, nearby station search and station-to-station schedules in over 600 cities throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, including 140 major metropolitan areas…

According to Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. agreed to buy online transit-navigation service Inc., people with knowledge of the deal said, seeking to improve mapping tools after a rocky debut for its directions software last year.
The people asked not to be identified because the deal isn’t public. AllThingsD reported earlier today that Cupertino, California-based Apple is purchasing Locationary Inc., a Toronto-based company focused on business-location maps.

Apple has confirmed the deal to AllThingsD using its standard boilerplate text:

Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.

The iPhone maker in years past acquired mapping startups Placebase, C3, Poly9 to help make the awesome iOS 6 Maps a reality. Since the release of iOS 6, multiple outlets have named HopStop one of the top transit apps to use in place of Apple Maps.

Business Insider, for example, wrote last August that HopStop users “can take advantage of schedules for hundreds of regional rails, subways, buses, ferries and more”

Here’s HopStop CEO Joe Meyer revealing back in 2011 that nearly three out of each four HopStop users fired up the app at least 25 times per month, almost amounting to an average of one run per day.
HopStop is the seventh most popular free navigation app in the App Store.

Check out HopStop for iPad.


According to the official website, with HopStop you can:

• Get directions or find nearby subway stations and bus stops with our free mobile apps
• Send directions by email directly from our website
• Plan a trip with multiple destinations
• Estimate travel time and cost for a taxi
• Get estimates for calories burned and carbon emissions savings for your route
• Find wheelchair accessible and stroller friendly routes
• Check out Real-Time Alerts and Planned Service Changes
• See Transit Maps and Schedules
• Do Nearby Station searches

Public transit option, or the lack of, remains the Achille’s heel of Apple Maps for the time being. Although the company allows for some level of limited third-party integration with iOS Maps, asking for transit directions in iOS 6 yanks you out of Apple Maps and into whatever supported third-party transit app you may have installed.

The band-aid solution has always been far from perfect and many have hoped Apple will someday fold high-quality transit data into its Maps. With this acquit-hire in place, the next major iteration of Apple Maps could enable built-in public transit routes to travel by foot, bike, subway and car across hundreds of cities.
This – and earlier today the acquisition of Toronto-based business-location maps provider Locationary – should be enough to silence the critics who happen to forget how Google has spent more than sever years iterating and perfecting its mapping service.

VIA iDownloadblog


Could iOS 7′s Lockscreen Have Been Redesigned For A Fingerprint Sensor?

Lately we have been hearing a ton of rumors that Apple will be integrating a fingerprint sensor into next-generation iOS devices and that it will become part of the home button. A new patent picked up by PatentlyApple, however, could prove otherwise.


The patent in question outlines technology that would allow an iOS device to detect your fingerprint by simply pressing your finger on the screen itself. As Cult Of Mac points out “Not only is it a more elegant place to put a fingerprint sensor — and Apple loves elegance — but it explains the redesigned iOS 7 lock screen, and the way ‘Slide to Unlock’ has been de-emphasized.”

It makes a lot of sense doesn’t it? We will have to wait and see what Apple has up its sleeve. Right now the iPhone 5S is the first device expected to feature a fingerprint schedule and if rumors are correct it will be released in late-September or early-October.

VIA iJailbreak


iPhone 5S Fingerprint Scanner Will Be On The Screen

The US Patent and Trademark  issued a new patent to Apple, which may indirectly confirm that the new smartphone iPhone 5S will have fingerprint scanner. Documents disclosed that the fingerprint sensor will be integrated directly into the surface of the touch screen of the phone.

It is rumored that Apple delayed the launch of iPhone 5S due to manufacturing problems associated with a fingerprint reader. Sources reported that the smartphone is the seventh generation was to debut in July, but the release of the product had to be moved in the fall.


New Rumors about iPhone 5S and Its 4.3 Screen Size

Everyone expects Apple to present the new iPhone 5S this fall but there are reports that state the introduction of this handset will be delayed. The iPhone’s new screen is the reason why such reports appeared in different newspapers and online resources.

We hoped to see this device somewhere in September / October however the latest news say that the Cupertino-based tech company is going to present an updated design for its iOS smartphone and add a bigger Retina display [4.3-inch screen] causing production delays.

iPhone Screen

iPhone 5S Screen Size

The sixth-generation iPhone is the most recent Apple handset available in the market today. It is not cheap though unlike its rivals’ products, and the low-cost version of this iDevice should be unveiled in 2013. Taiwanese papers assure that the chips for iPhone 5S are to be delivered in August.

As for the gadget’s screen there are different opinions on what we should expect to see. One Chinese site posts a story about iPhone 5S getting 4-inch display just like in the 6-gen smartphone. Another resource from Taiwan [DigiTimes] says the screen will measure 4.3-inch diagonally.

Reasons for iPhone 5S Release Push Back

Delay in chip shipments might have caused Apple to push back its new iOS handset launch. This is not the only reason mentioned by websites. Some reports make us believe it is the problem with fingerprint sensors [poor fingerpint-recognition] and colorful cases that makes fruit giant to present its iPhone 5S later this year.

We can only hope that the budget handset gets a bigger display, becomes colorful and includes fingerprint sensor. Apple doesn’t comment on the issue leaving us with our thoughts alone. Will the new gadget really cost $99? When will we hear about it from the official source? Will it get a new design? These are questions that will be answered sooner or later. For now we can just mention that Tim Cook [Apple CEO] reported that the company didn’t play to enter the low-end market by releasing a low-cost smartphone.


Upcoming iOS 7 Activation Lock Option Will Be Tested By Security Experts

Security experts on Thursday will conduct a government-sponsored test of the latest anti-theft security features built into Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S4, including the forthcoming Activation Lock feature from iOS 7.


According to a report from CNET, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have contracted experts from the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center to try and thwart Apple and Samsung’s security systems.

“While we are appreciative of the efforts made by Apple and Samsung to improve security of the devices they sell, we are not going to take them at their word,” Schneiderman and Gascón said in a prepared statement. “Today we will assess the solutions they are proposing and see if they stand up to the tactics commonly employed by thieves.”

The experiment was announced as part of Schneiderman and Gascón’s Secure Our Smartphone (S.O.S.) initiative that looks to protect smartphone owners from violent theft and thievery known as “Apple picking.”

The test is supposedly set up to mimic the real world scenario in which a stolen device is deactivated prior to resale on the black market. Apple’s Activation Lock, which will be baked into the upcoming iOS 7, the original Apple ID and password used to activate the device are needed to to turn off Find My iPhone, wipe the phone’s data, or re-activate it after being deactivated.

In June, Schneiderman and Gascón were optimistic about Apple’s anti-theft initiative, but cautioned they “reserve judgment on the activation lock feature until we can understand its actual functionality.” Thursday’s test is an apparent effort toward gleaning that information.

“Finding technical solutions that will remove the economic value of stolen smartphones is critical to ending the national epidemic of violent street crimes commonly known as ‘Apple Picking,'” the two officials said.

Results are slated to be in by the end of the day.

Via: AppleInsider


How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1.3 Using Updated Redsn0w

iOS 6.1.3 was released last Spring, along with fixes that closed iOS 6.1.3 jailbreak. If you haven’t upgraded your firmware, don’t get it done since you will lose the jailbreak. For those who have up-to-date device to a more recent 6.1.3 you can’t downgrade and re-jailbreak using evasi0n.  However, for those who have an A4 or older device you are able to jailbreak iPhone on iOS 6.1.3 using Redsn0w. But remember that this jailbreak is tethered. It’s untethered only for iPhone 3GS with the old bootrom. So, for anybody with a pre A5 device, here’s how you can jailbreak iOS 6.1.3.

Supported Devices

  • iPhone 4,
  • iPod Touch 4
  • iPhone 3GS

Make certain your system is running on iOS 6.1.3 before you begin. Also there are some other requirements:

Jailbreak iPhone 4, 3GS Redsn0w for iOS 6.1.3 | Guide

Step 1 Open Redsn0w, choose Extra then Select IPSW.

Step 2 Direct Redsn0w to iOS 6 IPSW you downloaded earlier.

Step 3 Now, in the primary screen in Redsn0w choose Jailbreak and make certain you do as instructed which will appear on screen.

Step 4 When you’re requested to, select Install Cydia.

Step 5 Next you’ll be requested to place device into DFU mode – Redsn0w provides you with full instructions regarding how to do that.

Step 6 Redsn0w should now start the tethered jailbreak process on your device. This will take a maximum of a few moments to accomplish. You will notice codes running on screen of the phone.

Step 7 After the process will be completed you will need to boot your device tethered and I will show you how to do that.

Boot Tethered

Remember this jailbreak is tethered. When your device reboots or else you lose battery, you’ll be stuck on Apple logo. All that you should do is connect your device to your computer, open Redsn0w, choose Extra after which click Just boot. Follow instructions and your device will boot up jailbroken again.


Apple will Enlarge iPhone 5S to 4.3-inches, the Release is Postponed to the End of the Year

Apple plans to postpone the release of iPhone 5S at the end of the year due to changes in the design of display screen. According to The Commercial Times, the Cupertino have decided to increase the screen size of the flagship phone, which should amount to 4.3 inches instead of four as previously thought. iPhone 5S release was to be held in September-October 2013, but Tim Cook has decided to postpone the debut of the model, writes The Commercial Times.