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Undocumented iOS Features left Hidden Backdoors Open in 600 Million Apple Devices

Undocumented iOS Features left Hidden Backdoors Open in 600 Million Apple Devices

July 22, 2014Mohit Kumar
A well known iPhone hacker and forensic scientist has unearthed a range of undocumented and hidden functions in Apple iOS mobile operating system that make it possible for a hacker to completely bypass the backup encryption on iOS devices and can steal large amounts of users' personal data without entering passwords or personal identification numbers. Data forensics expert named Jonathan Zdziarski has posted the slides ( PDF ) titled " Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices " showing his findings, from his talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE X) conference held in New York on Friday. Jonathan Zdziarski, better identified as the hacker " NerveGas " in the iPhone development community, worked as dev-team member on many of the early iOS jailbreaks and is also the author of five iOS-related O'Reilly books including " Hacking and Securing iOS Applications ." The results of his overall research on the iOS
Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 9.0, 9.0.1 and 9.0.2 Released

Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 9.0, 9.0.1 and 9.0.2 Released

October 15, 2015Wang Wei
The Chinese Pangu jailbreak team has once again surprised everyone by releasing the first untethered jailbreak tool for iOS 9 – iOS 9.0, iOS 9.0.1, and iOS 9.0.2. The untethered jailbreak is a jailbreak where your device don't require any reboot every time it connects to an external device capable of executing commands on the device. The Pangu team released their iOS 9 jailbreak into the wild instead of submitting it to Zerodium, a company which promised a $1 Million reward for iOS 9 jailbreaks . How to Jailbreak iOS 9.0, 9.0.1 and 9.0.2? Jailbreaking is a process of removing limitations on Apple's iOS devices so you can install third party software not certified by Apple. Before proceeding to Jailbreak your device, back up all personal data of your device using iCloud or iTunes. Also, Disable any Anti-virus programs or firewalls that could prevent Pangu from connecting to the Internet. Now, let's start. Follow these steps to jailbreak your iPhone,
Hacker Demonstrates iOS 8.4 Jailbreak

Hacker Demonstrates iOS 8.4 Jailbreak

April 20, 2015Wang Wei
Quite surprising but the just released Apple's iOS 8.4 beta has been jailbroken by a well-known hacker. Yes, the first beta of iOS 8.4 released by Apple to the developers last week has been jailbroken by Stefan Esser, commonly known as "i0n1c" in the jailbreak community. i0n1c has also shared a video proof-of-concept, titled " iOS 8.4 Beta 1 Jailbreak Preview 1, " showing… ...an iPhone 6 Plus model (that runs on iPhone 7.1) powered with iOS 8.4 Beta 1 has been jailbroken with Cydia icon showcased on the Home screen. In order to prove the jailbreak on iOS 8.4 beta 1, the hacker shows off the Apple Watch companion app, the newly redesigned Music app, and the new Emoji keyboard as well, while giving the video demonstration. The video demonstration by the hacker proved an actual jailbreak for iOS 8.4 beta 1, but don't expect a public iOS jailbreak tool iOS 8.4 or any other firmware from i0n1c. No doubt this seems to be a great news for all
Microsoft Open-Sources Tool for Porting iOS Apps to Windows

Microsoft Open-Sources Tool for Porting iOS Apps to Windows

August 07, 2015Mohit Kumar
At its Build developers conference in April this year, Microsoft announced " Project Islandwood " - the " Windows Bridge for iOS " that lets iOS and Android developers port their apps to Windows. Microsoft finally made another surprise move on Thursday by open sourcing an early version of its toolkit for iOS to help iOS developers move their apps more easily to Windows 10. The source code for an early preview of " Windows Bridge for iOS " is now available on GitHub under the MIT open-source license. By releasing the preview of iOS Bridge, Microsoft wants the open-source community to contribute code, comments, testing, vulnerability reports, before the company launch the final version later this fall. iOS Toolkit for Building Windows 10 Apps The iOS Bridge enables developers to create apps that work with both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 operating systems. Currently, Microsoft only targets the standard X86 and X64 processor archi
Apple iOS 5 Released - Download Now !

Apple iOS 5 Released - Download Now !

October 12, 2011Mohit Kumar
Apple iOS 5 Released ! Apple's iOS 5 has been released, with owners of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad and iPad 2, along with the third- and fourth-gen iPod touch all getting the latest version of the mobile platform as a free update. Available to download for existing devices via iTunes, iOS 5 will also be preloaded on the new iPhone 4S, Apple's fifth-gen smartphone that goes on sale this Friday. " On non-mobile devices, our lives are quickly shifting from native applications [i.e. coded for a specific computer or smartphone's operating system] to Web applications, but by Apple dominating the consumer smartphone market first, and executing it beautifully, they have started to set some really unhealthy precedents that the rest of the industry is copying while simply trying to keep pace ," said Zeke Shore, the Co-Founder and Creative Director of design firm Type/Code. iOS 5 also brings with it iCloud, Apple's new synchronization and backup system that promises to deli
iOS 12.4 jailbreak released after Apple 'accidentally un-patches' an old flaw

iOS 12.4 jailbreak released after Apple 'accidentally un-patches' an old flaw

August 20, 2019Wang Wei
A fully functional jailbreak has been released for the latest iOS 12.4 on the Internet, making it the first public jailbreak in a long time—thanks to Apple. Dubbed " unc0ver 3.5.0 ," the jailbreak works with the updated iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches by leveraging a vulnerability that Apple previously patched in iOS 12.3 but accidentally reintroduced in the latest iOS version 12.4. Jailbreaking an iPhone allows you to install apps and other functions that are usually not approved by Apple, but it also disables some system protections that Apple put in place to protect its users, opening you up to potential attacks. Usually, iPhone Jailbreaks are sold for millions of dollars by exploit brokers, but if you want to jailbreak your Apple device, you can do it for free. An anonymous researcher who goes by the online alias "Pwn20wnd" has released a free jailbreak for iOS 12.4 on GitHub that exploits a use-after-free vulnerability in iOS kernel responsibly repor
Apple will let users run iOS apps on macOS

Apple will let users run iOS apps on macOS

June 06, 2018Swati Khandelwal
Apple is making it easier for mobile developers to port their iOS apps to the next-generation macOS Mojave desktop platform—a major step in bringing the two platforms closer together. However, at the same time, the company straightforward denied the idea of merging the iPhone and Mac operating systems into one platform, which was being speculated for years. So, Apple made it clear that iOS and macOS will continue to be separate products. Rumors of iOS apps coming to the Mac have been around since 2017, and yesterday at Apple's WWDC 2018 event, Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi just confirmed this while concluding his keynote. Though iOS and macOS share similar underlying frameworks, both are separate operating systems with their own separate software libraries, called UIKit used by iOS and AppKit used by macOS, which have made porting iOS apps to Mac difficult, said Federighi. "iOS devices and macOS devices of course are different
Jailbreak iOS 8 And iOS 8.1 Untethered Using 'Pangu' Jailbreak Tool

Jailbreak iOS 8 And iOS 8.1 Untethered Using 'Pangu' Jailbreak Tool

October 24, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Good news for iOS 8.1 users! The Chinese jailbreaking team Pangu has released a software tool that allows users to Jailbreak their iPhones, iPads and iPods running the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 . That was really very quick, as iOS users need to wait quite long for the jailbreaks. Pangu developer team is the same group responsible for jailbreaking iOS 7 few months back. The group made its jailbreak tool available by releasing a download link for the developers edition before quickly removing it. The link for the tool on Pangu's site is currently unavailable, with the team noting on their official Twitter account that, " Current Pangu Jailbreak v1.0.0 is disabled remotely because we are fixing bug which may cause lost of your photos. Please wait … " The developer edition of the jailbreak iOS 8 tool didn't come with the Cydia app store , which would make the tool useless for an average iOS users who likes jail
YiSpecter — First iOS Malware that Attacks both: Non-jailbroken and Jailbroken Devices

YiSpecter — First iOS Malware that Attacks both: Non-jailbroken and Jailbroken Devices

October 05, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Less than a month after Apple suffered one of its biggest malware attacks ever, security researchers have discovered another strain of malware that they claim targets both jailbroken as well as non-jailbroken iOS devices . Last month, researchers identified more than 4,000 infected apps in Apple's official App Store, which was targeted by a malware attack in which some versions of software used by developers to build apps for iOS and OS X were infected with malware, named XcodeGhost . And Now: Researchers from a California-based network security firm Palo Alto Networks have discovered new malware that targets Apple's iOS users in China and Taiwan. Capabilities of YiSpecter Malware Dubbed YiSpecter , the malware infects iOS devices and once infected, YiSpecter can: Install unwanted apps Replace legitimate apps with ones it has downloaded Force apps to display unwanted, full-screen ads Change bookmarks as well as default search engines in Safari S
Apple iOS 9.0.2 Update Patches Lock Screen Bypass Exploit

Apple iOS 9.0.2 Update Patches Lock Screen Bypass Exploit

October 01, 2015Wang Wei
Apple has rolled out the second minor iteration of its newest mobile operating system iOS 9, which fixes the iOS lockscreen vulnerability . The widely publicized LockScreen bug allowed anyone with physical access to your iOS device running iOS 9.0 or  iOS 9.0.1 to access all the contacts and photos without unlocking the device. Just one week after the last update iOS 9.0.1, Apple rolled out iOS 9.0.2 update that fixes: iMessage activation problems An issue with mobile data settings An issue with iCloud Backup An issue where the screen incorrectly rotates when receiving notifications Improves the stability of Podcasts According to an update on Apple's support website, the iOS lockscreen issue was the only security bug fixed in the latest iOS 9.0.2 release. Last week, iPhone user Jose Rodriguez published a " dead simple " method to bypass lock screen of the devices running iOS 9 and iOS 9.0.1. Using the benevolent nature of Apple's
iOS 9 Hack: How to Access Private Photos and Contacts Without a Passcode

iOS 9 Hack: How to Access Private Photos and Contacts Without a Passcode

September 22, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Setting a passcode on your iPhone is the first line of defense to help prevent other people from accessing your device. However, it's pretty easy for anyone to access your personal photographs and contacts from your iPhone running iOS 9 in just 30 seconds or less, even with a passcode and/or Touch ID enabled. Just yesterday, the Security firm Zerodium announced a Huge Bug Bounty of 1 Million Dollars for finding out zero-day exploits and jailbreak for iPhones and iPads running iOS 9. Now... A hacker has found a new and quite simple method of bypassing the security of a locked iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch) running Apple's latest iOS 9 operating system that could allow you to access the device's photos and contacts in 30 seconds or less. Yes, the passcode on any iOS device running iOS 9.0 is possible to bypass using the benevolent nature of Apple's personal assistant Siri. Here's the List of Steps to Bypass Passcode: You need to follow
How To Jailbreak iOS 7.1 And 7.1.1 Untethered Using 'Pangu' Jailbreak Tool

How To Jailbreak iOS 7.1 And 7.1.1 Untethered Using 'Pangu' Jailbreak Tool

June 25, 2014Wang Wei
Quite Surprisingly, a team of Chinese hackers, Pangu have released an untethered jailbreak for iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1. This untethered jailbreak is compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini, Retina iPad mini and iPod touch 5G running iOS 7.1-iOS 7.1.1. The jailbreak tool is currently available for Windows but works on every iOS devices. Many iOS users have posted on Reddit that the tool works successfully. Jailbreaking is a process of removing limitations on iOS devices , Apple's operating system, so you can install third party software not certified by Apple. Such devices include the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and second-generation Apple TV. One question rises in my mind that when Apple 's system root protections have been greatly enhanced in an effort to make jailbreaks more difficult, then what's the whole story behind the unexpectedly release of this jailbreak tool? STEPS TO JAILBREAK iOS 7.1 &a
Latest iOS 9.0.1 Update Failed to Patch Lockscreen Bypass Hack

Latest iOS 9.0.1 Update Failed to Patch Lockscreen Bypass Hack

September 26, 2015Swati Khandelwal
iOS 9.0.1 – Apple's first update to its new iOS 9 mobile operating system, came out on Wednesday, addressed several bugs in its software. However, unfortunately, it seems that the latest update iOS 9.0.1 doesn't fix the lock screen bypass vulnerability reported by iPhone user Jose Rodriguez. Yes, the serious flaw in iOS 9 that allows anyone – with physical access of your iPhone or iPad – to bypass your device's lock screen and get into your contacts and personal photographs, also Works on iOS 9.0.1 . Video Demonstration: Rodriguez published a new video detailing a step-by-step explanation on how to bypass the passcode on iOS 9 and iOS 9.0.1 device, using the benevolent nature of Apple's personal assistant Siri. The lock screen bypass vulnerability works on all iOS versions from iOS 5.1.1 to the latest released iOS 9.0.1 . Mitigation So, until Apple rolls out an update to patch this bug, the only way available to iPhone users to mitiga
Hacker Demonstrated Untethered iOS 9 Jailbreak On Video

Hacker Demonstrated Untethered iOS 9 Jailbreak On Video

September 11, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Good News for Jailbreakers! Just within 24 Hours after the launch of iOS 9 at Apple's Annual Event, a well-known iOS hacker has managed to untether jailbreak iOS 9. That's quite impressive. Believe it, iOS 9 has been Jailbroken! A reputed hacker ' iH8sn0w ', who previously developed the popular jailbreak tools like Sn0wbreeze and P0sixspwn , published a new YouTube video last night, demonstrating the first untethered jailbreak for the yet-unreleased iOS 9 . Apple plans to publicly release its latest iOS 9 software update for all supported devices on 16th September while the company has already made the Gold Master seed of the software available to developers. Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 9 iH8sn0w has jailbroken his iPhone 5 running the iOS 9 GM seed . The jailbreak is an untethered – a jailbreak where your devices don't require any reboot every time it connects to an external device capable of executing commands on the device. You
iOS 8 'Date Trick' Loophole Allows Play Nintendo Games Using Emulators

iOS 8 'Date Trick' Loophole Allows Play Nintendo Games Using Emulators

October 09, 2014Wang Wei
If you are a retro games lover and want to play it on your iPhone, a security loop in iOS 8 makes it possible for you to play classic SNES games on your iPhone, without the need to jailbreak your Apple devices. Since Apple doesn't allow emulators on the App Store for copyright reasons, making it difficult to install third-party emulators and other unapproved applications. But, the latest upcoming beta version iOS 8.1 patched the famous " Date Trick " that had allowed iOS emulator makers to bypass App Store restrictions and run unofficial emulators on iPhones and iPads. The loophole called the " Date Trick ," found by Dario Sepulveda of the GBA4iOS team , is currently being used in the wild by the makers of emulators like GBA4iOS and SNES emulator since last year, allowing iOS users to downloaded and installed unapproved apps through the built-in Safari browser. Technically, by changing the device's date and time back at least two months on
Apple Rolls Out iOS 8 with Bucket of Security Fixes

Apple Rolls Out iOS 8 with Bucket of Security Fixes

September 18, 2014Mohit Kumar
Apple has finally released iOS 8 , the latest version of its operating system, for free to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. The company has assured that the latest iOS 8 update is a significant step away up from iOS 7. You can grab the new update through an over-the-air update accessible by going to Settings > General > Software Update . If you don't want to download the update wirelessly due to a limited or restricted data plan, you can also download the update by connecting your phone to the latest version of iTunes . iOS 8 was first revealed publicly at the Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June, showing off an improved Notification Centre. Apart from the security patches, iOS 8 has a number of new features and functions tied to your location. Additionally, it has new privacy settings, which allow users to limit how long data is stored for, such as message expiry features and new private browsing settings. VULNERABILITIES PATCHED A
Apple Strongly Denies Claims of Installing iOS Backdoor

Apple Strongly Denies Claims of Installing iOS Backdoor

July 23, 2014Swati Khandelwal
The allegations from a data forensic expert and security researcher that iOS contains a " backdoor " permitting third parties to potentially gain access to large amount of users' personal data instigated Apple to give a strong response. The company has completely denied to the claims published over the weekend by Jonathan Zdziarski, a forensic scientist and iOS security expert. The researcher, better identified as the hacker moniker " NerveGas ", detailed a number of undocumented features in a paper presentation titled, " Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices " showing his findings, from his talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE X) conference held in New York on Friday. ALLEGATIONS ON APPLE The issue, what he explained in his finding, arises from the way Apple encrypts or fails to encrypt data from the iPhone's native apps, leaving over 600 million personal iOS devices vulnerable to third parties. &q
Best Free Password Manager Software You Can Download For 2018

Best Free Password Manager Software You Can Download For 2018

July 30, 2016Swati Khandelwal
When it comes to safeguarding your Internet security, installing an antivirus software or running a Secure Linux OS on your system does not mean you are safe enough from all kinds of cyber-threats. Today majority of Internet users are vulnerable to cyber attacks, not because they aren't using any best antivirus software or other security measures, but because they are using weak passwords to secure their online accounts. Passwords are your last lines of defense against online threats. Just look back to some recent data breaches and cyber attacks, including high-profile data breach at OPM ( United States Office of Personnel Management ) and the extra-marital affair site Ashley Madison , that led to the exposure of hundreds of millions of records online. Although you can not control data breaches, it is still important to create strong passwords that can withstand dictionary and brute-force attacks . You see, the longer and more complex your password is, the much harder
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