Flaw is the new in for Steve Jobs’ Apple products. We have seen it happening since the release of the iPhone 4 and the over reporting of the Antennagate issue. We witnessed the year starting with security flaw that had the iPhone 4 making its way to the bloggers all the way to recent one in the iOS 4.1 that enables users to make calls and have access to photos and contacts on your device, which Apple has promised to fix with the release of iOS 4.2 in November.
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Looks like Antennagate isn’t the only problem with the number 4 for Apple. The iPhone 4 had issues with the death grip, then came the weaker glass framework of the iPhone 4 and now we have a report on a security flaw with the iOS 4.1. This exploit leaves the passcode entry on your iPhone a pointless thing, if someone happens to get his hands on your iPhone and enters a random number in the Emergency call field and simultaneously hitting the call and hardware unlock button.
What’s the result? The user has access to the Phone App, giving them complete access to your call history, address book and voicemail. Some sources report this would even give access to the photos on your iPhone 3G / 3GS and the iPhone 4. This can be done with the selection of share contact, which would show a camera icon and thus provide access to the photo album. The Home button on the iPhone remains unresponsive, meaning your home screen remains inaccessible for the random user. But the harm is actually done as the person has access to your photos, contacts and can make calls, send MMS and Email using this exploit. The video below shows it in work:
There is nothing better than having the right tools and gadgets to make easy and less hectic for us all and just like a good engine oil ensures your machine moves faster, developers make sure they have the tools to make your gadget be more effective. We all know how late was the iPhone to get the copy-cut-paste feature, right? But lets not complain about the late arrival and talk about Fast Copy, a tweak that makes cut, copy and paste function on your iOS devices a much faster process.
This is big, especially for those of you who have been big fans of the developer community that has provided you with numerous jailbreak tools. I am talking about the likes of GreenPoisOn [Download here] and Redsn0w for now. The big news? Well the iPhone Dev Team and the Chronic Dev Team have both confirmed that both Redsn0w and GreenPoisOn will have their source code available for the public for free. We are talking Open Source jailbreak tools now and the purpose is to make the jailbreak tools even more efficient by crowd sourcing the code.
There were some reported bugs for users with the Mac OS X 10.5 and above with the PwnageTool and the iPhone developer team has resolved those with the latest PwnageTool 4.1.1 release. This release as stated is more of a bug fix for the Mac OS X Leopard users. Which means that you should only run this if you are on the stated Mac OS X 10.5.x version and ae prompted with Cydia errors.
There is one warning though, especially for those with iPhone, iPod Touch or the iPad and who have used the UltraSnow to unlock their devices. The problem will arise is when you let the iTunes restore your official IPSW. If the procedure somehow completes you can bid adieu to your unlock and worst still there will be no way of going back again. In case you accidently end up doing this unplug your iOS device before the updating firmware step starts.
I know a few people who have issues with updating their iOS version. Especially those with the iPhone 3G who report of their device literally dying when they update to the iOS 4.1, making update to the latest version a huge pain. Of course they still want the look and feel of the iOS 4.1 and it is exactly why we have got Firmware Changer.
The tool enables you to change the device’s firmware version with an easy to use GUI. The first relief it gives you is that it removes that continuous update your iOS notification whenever your plug your iPhone, iPod Touch or the iPad. Reports also state that it would also enable the installation of apps on the older iOS, though the running of the application is not a guarantee. The tool is available for free at the ModMyi repository at Cydia.
Steve Jobs has all of a sudden got a big mouth. Not that he wasn’t already, but that was only to do with his product and going loud on the quality of each was quite justified. But I guess the genius took a serious offence when his iPhone fans reported of the Antennagate issue and their disgust as to why such imperfection would come from Apple? He had all the reasons, even brought smartphones from Samsung, HTC and Nokia and demonstrated how each one of them has the same issue and was readily slashed for it. Today he took his chance at slashing the Android, BlackBerry PlayBook and all the upcoming tablets. And he got a reply, from a very silent man of Android, its chief, Andy Rubin.
What’s the point of having a multitouch capable smartphone when certain apps leave a void when they are unable to leverage the feature. This was certainly the issue with Safari on the iOS devices and those with an iPhone or the iPod Touch felt left out. Especially when it came to comparing Safari for the Mac OSX. Worry not FullScreen for Safari makes way for jailbroken iOS devices.
We almost got carried away with the sudden entry of Geohot and his Limera1n jailbreak Tool on Saturday and the availability of download it on Sunday, October 10 when the GreenPoisOn was scheduled to release. What we missed out to report was that the SHAtter exploit was postponed. The reason was obvious enough as there wasn’t really a point to release this jailbreak tool when it was only meant for the fourth generation of Apple devices. The Limera1n on the other hand was already available to jailbreak almost all of these.