Hacker Confirms PlayStation 4 Jailbreak

The PlayStation 4 has been on the market for a while now, and since release, you can bet that hackers, modders and more have been tinkering with the hardware and software of the latest Sony console to find a way to run unauthorised software. From homebrew software to piracy, breaking the protection on a console is a huge deal, one that Sony aren’t going to be too fond of, but one that a lot of people are no doubt eager to explore regardless. Naturally, the legalities of such a thing aren’t in the favour of those who do such things.

CTurt, who previously revealed a working PS4 kernel exploit, allowing the running of homebrew content, has now revealed the that PlayStation 4 can be jailbroken using kernel exploits. According to CTurt, the jailbreak allows dumping of the system ram and other processes, which opens the door for custom firmware and software modding. Of course, there’s still a few other security hurdles to get by, but it’s a foot in the door, so to speak.

What happens next remains to be seen, but no doubt will be hearing of further updates on this in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

TPP Could Outlaw Jailbreaking Smartphones

By now, most people will have heard the many ways in which the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement between Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, United States, Vietnam, Chile, Brunei, Singapore, and New Zealand, will restrict or prevent free expression for users of internet and related technologies, but with the full release of the proposed agreement via Medium, it seems TPP could affect the way citizens of member countries use technology in previously unforeseen ways.

Evan Greer, Campaign Director of technology advocate group Fight for the Future, has highlighted several articles within the released proposal that potentially seek to prevent users from modifying the firmware or unlocking the network carrier restrictions on a smartphone, specifically citing article 18.68, Technological Protection Measures, which protects against circumventing DRM.

“This section attempts to make it a crime to circumvent any “Digital Rights Management” (DRM) locks on a device, even if you own it,” Greer writes. “It could criminalize people who unlock their phones in order to use accessibility software, for example, or make it illegal to circumvent DRM on a computer in order to use Linux.”

“Now that we can read the final TPP text,” he adds, “it’s obvious why it was kept in total secrecy for so long: this agreement is a wishlist for powerful special interests and multinational corporations. The Intellectual Property chapter confirms our worst first about the TPP’s impact on our basic right to express ourselves and access information on the Internet. If U.S. Congress signs this agreement despite its blatant corruption, they’ll be signing a death warrant for the open Internet and putting the future of free speech in peril.”

WikiLeaks has even stirred up fears that, according to article 14.17, open source software could be outlawed.

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While businesses almost uniformly benefit from TPP, it seems that the price of that is impinging on the rights and freedoms technology users and consumers.

Image courtesy of Alochonaa.

Million Dollar iOS 9 Hack Bounty Claimed

It was announced today by Zeronium that their recent bounty of $1 million for a hack that would remotely compromise an iPhone running iOS 9 has been claimed.

The bounty for the hack was posted back in September, and with merely hours left on the bounty, it was revealed on Twitter that a winning team had come forth and claimed the bounty. With no details on the team in question or the hack itself, the legitimacy of the claim is uncertain, with the possibility of it being a PR stunt by Zeronium considered by some. However Chaouki Bekrar, owner of Zeronium, is a notorious exploit trader and iOS 9 being hacked isn’t unbelievable.

The reason for the bounty on the hack being so high is due to its very specific nature, and with iOS having no publicly announced remote jailbreaks since iOS 7, it was not an easy challenge. The specification of the hack is as follows:

“The whole exploitation/jailbreak process should be achievable remotely, reliably, silently, and without requiring any user interaction except visiting a web page or reading a SMS/MMS”.

This means that it not only required the finding and leveraging of an iOS bug, but also chaining it together with an exploit in a web browser of the iPhone’s own messaging app. This would mean that an attacker could then remotely install apps onto the device or access its data, which is a worrying prospect for Apple and their claims of security and encryption of data on their latest mobile OS.

Despite this news, Bekrar went on to tweet that he was unconcerned about continuing to use his iPhone, despite the hack, feeling assured in how hard it is to execute. But with this hack presumably sold to the highest bidder, are you worried that your phone may not be as secure as you think?

DMCA Exception Makes Smart TV Hacking Legal

Every three years, the US Copyright Office listens to petitions to make revisions and exemptions to the anti-circumvention protections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Software Freedom Conservancy used the most recent review as an opportunity to make jailbreaking smart TVs legal under the DMCA, an exemption which, surprisingly, was granted by the Librarian of Congress on Tuesday (27th October).

While Hollywood studios protested against any amendment to the DMCA over fears that it would facilitate the installation of software, such as Popcorn Time, that could be used to watch pirated content, the Copyright Office ruled that hacking a smart TV to utilise legal software constitutes fair use, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The ruling reads [.pdf]:

“The Register also found that the prohibition on circumvention is adversely affecting legitimate noninfringing uses of smart TV firmware, and that the proposed alternatives to circumvention, such as connecting a laptop computer to the TV, are inadequate, because they would not allow installation of software on the smart TV to improve its functioning as a TV, such as facilitating more prominent subtitles. The Register also concluded that no evidence was submitted to illustrate opponents’ claim that jailbreaking of smart TVs will make it easier to gain unauthorized access to copyrighted content, or that it would otherwise undermine smart TVs as a platform for the consumption of expressive works.”

Other DMCA exemptions allows DVD and Blu-Ray footage to be used and edited for educational, critical, or documentary purposes under fair use, which should hopefully stymie some of the more spiteful DMCA takedowns of such works on YouTube.

Lizard Squad PS4 Jailbreak Rumoured for 2015 Release

There are strong rumours abound that hacker collective Lizard Squad has developed a PlayStation 4 jailbreak and that it plans to release it at some point this year.

Reports suggest that Lizard Squad found a security flaw in the PS4’s 2.03 firmware, allowing them to modify the root files to run their rewritten code. The code lets users run ISO copies of PS4 games. A further alleged benefit is the ability to update games via PSN to access cracked DLC content.

The jailbreak is said to be inspired by Reckz0r, who was reported to have hacked the PlayStation 4 as early as October 2013. Reckz0r’s method, using Orbis OS, has been written up as a tutorial, according to GrahamCluley.com. The report says that Sony have threatened Reckz0r with legal action over the hack.

Reckz0r’s tutorial was said to be removed after he received the following direct message from the official PlayStation Twitter account:

“No? We’re giving you one day, to delete that Pastebin link you have recently posted, alongside with the files if you have uploaded them somewhere. It won’t take us long to get you arrested if you’re still going to proceed spreading the jailbreak. 🙂 Take the Geohotz scenario as an example.”

Source: KDrama Stars

New Jailbreak for Apple’s iOS 7.1.2

It is just a matter of time before someone breaks the improved security in new mobile OS releases, and Georgia Tech researchers have now found a way to jailbreak the current version of iOS.

Georgia Tech Information Security Center has a long track record of jail breaking iOS, giving them a leading edge on every new release. Each time a new patch is introduced, a new way to circumvent it is found. This time the researchers used a multi-step attack after analysing the new patches, working out a sequence that would jailbreak any modern iPhone.

The team of researchers, Yeongjin Jang, Byoungyoung Lee, Tielei Wang and Billy Lau, stresses the importance of patching all of the threats and not just to close one vulnerability and assume that it renders others unusable as attack method.

“Patching all vulnerabilities for a modern, complex software system (i.e., Windows, iOS) is often difficult due to the volume of bugs and response time requirements. Instead, software vendors usually devise quick workarounds to mitigate the exploitation of a given vulnerability. However, those patches are sometimes incomplete, and attackers can utilize different attack vectors to re-exploit a patched vulnerability. iOS is no exception.”

As so many recent vulnerability discoveries, the findings will be presented at the upcoming Black Hat convention in Las Vegas. Weirdly enough, no one has yet claimed the $30.000 Device Freedom Prize for an open source iOS7 jailbreak.

It is highly unlikely that this jailbreak will remain operational for very long, as Apple certainly will try to patch it, iOS 8 is in beta and iPhone 6 is rumoured for an October launch.

Thank you I programmer for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Apple

GBA4iOS Deemed As The Best Game Boy Advanced Emulator for Apple’s Smartphones

It’s hard to find an original Game Boy nowadays or even buy games for it from a handful of 3DS eShops that still survived up until today. Game Boy fans have to resort to emulators in order to play their favourite old titles.

Smartphones appear to have become the best emulation alternatives in order to get that Super Mario Land game loaded and play it on-the-go due to the low hardware requirements needed to actually simulate the Game Boy and the game itself.

Up until now, Android users were able to emulate these games on their mobile devices. The Play Store has a variety of emulators, granting its customers a large list of applications to choose from. However, Apple has not been too kind when it comes to emulators, having them restricted from its AppStore.

Up until now, two Game Boy iOS emulators by the name of gpSPhone and GBA.emu were available and limited only to jailbroken devices, having them as the only options available for the platform at hand. GBA4iOS, developer Riley Testut’s creation, however aims to be a more simple and easy solution to iOS emulators. It is said to use a loophole in Apple’s app installation system, having the user set the smartphone’s date back one day. The app can be directly downloaded via the GBA4iOS website and the best part is that the app is free!

Besides the above mentioned, the app is said to be the best GBA emulator on any platform, having full support for Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy support, accelerated speed, multiple and locked save states, as well as customizable skins and Dropbox syncing for saves between multiple devices. It is said to even use some iOS features as well, such as AirDrop and the MFI Bluetooth controllers.

The app does however have some flaws. For example, it does not have any advanced emulation features such as video and sound filters. There is also word of a 2.1 update scheduled to be released at the end of the summer, which promises multiplayer support via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct.

THank you The Verge for providing us with this information

Individual App Locking With Touch ID Available Through AppLocker Jailbreak Tweak

It was consistently rumored that Apple will introduce a fingerprint scanner with the iPhone 5S, and that did happen. However by default the Touch ID scanner is limited to either locking or unlocking the device or authorizing purchases through Apple’s content stores. Users would have liked the ability to secure individual apps using the fingerprint scanner, but Apple hasn’t introduced that feature now, though it hasn’t denied the possibility of a feature like this making it to iOS in the future.

With the recent release of iOS 7 untethered jailbreak, a whole new world of tweaks and customizations was opened up for all the new Apple mobile devices, which include the iPhone 5S. AppLocker is a jailbreak tweak that has been around for quite a while, previously it let users simply add a passcode lock to individual apps. Its latest update brings the ability to lock a single app using the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Users won’t be required to go through a complicated setup process, the tweak will simply use the fingerprints already saved in the device during the initial Touch ID setup.

Nevermind that the fingerprint scanner is only found on the iPhone 5S. Those with other iOS 7 devices can also use this tweak, but they’ll have to use a password to lock apps. AppLocker is available right now in the ModMyi Cydia repository for $0.99.

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Latest iOS 7 Jailbreak Release To Lack Cydia, Has TaiG Chinese Alternative Instead

Following the release of Evad3rs’ new iOS 7 jailbreak for all iOS 7.x versions including 7.0.4, we now hear that it is not as expected. Meaning, the jailbreak posted on Evasi0n does not include a Cydia build in the jailbreak software, but a chinese alternative instead.

@saurik posted a series of tweets not long after the release informing us that he had no clue of the release, yet alone an early access to embed the official Cydia build in the jailbreak, pointing out that Mobile Substrate is bound to have issues. His presumptions were right as Mobile Substrate tweaks were not allowed to work “out of the box”.

The Evad3rs team quickly replied through @pod2g , one of the member’s account, stating that there will be a release soon with the Mobile Substrate issues fixed.

After the release, users reported that the Cydia build was missing from the jailbreak, and instead they were greeted with a Chinese alternative named TaiG.. Rumors has it that Evad3rs were paid off to include the Chinese build in the jailbreak release, and afterwards a recording followed by a letter to the community were revealed. However, Evad3rs state that they approved of it being bundled under two conditions: one is for Cydia to also be bundled in, and the other is for TaiG. to have a remove option.

Something else to add to the pile here is that TaiG has examples of piracy content in it as @saurik also mentioned. Not looking so good or ‘legitimate’, however Evad3rs’ letter also mentions that if TaiG does not resolve its piracy content, it will be removed from the jailbreak. On the other side of the barricade, @saurik agreed to work on a separate jailbreak with a goal of finding a jailbreak solution which didn’t include a “piracy-laden” bundled app. He also expresses frustration at the rushed launch, and mentions he handed an iOS 7 compatible version of Mobile Substrate out September 30th.

From a developer part of view, the whole debate gravitates around two main faults. The first is the lack of information about the TaiG app, it is installed without the user’s knowledge if the computer’s language is set to Chinese, and the other is that developers of major tweaks and Cydia itself were not given early access to the jailbreak for them to have time to work out a user-ready jailbreak software.

The story continues to unfold and fixed are in the works for a stable jailbreak tool that everybody is familiar with. What’s left now is to wait a few days for the dust to settle and a proper jailbreak tool to be released.

Thank you Modmyi for providing us with this information
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iOS 7.0.4 Jailbreak for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch From Evasi0n Has Been Released

The Evasi0n 7, iOS 7.0.4 jailbreak for Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch has just been released, and just in time for Christmas Too! The move is quite surprising since we are just a few days away from Christmas and nobody thought we were going to see something like this until next year at least, but it seems that Evad3rs released the latest evasi0n jailbreak for Apple devices as a Christmas gift for all to enjoy. The latest evasi0n7 can jailbreak devices running iOS 7 through iOS 7.0.4.

The jailbreak tool is available for both Mac and Windows and the requirements posted on Evasi0n website are:

  • 5 minutes of your time!
  • A computer, running Windows (XP minimum), Mac OS X (10.6 minimum) or Linux (x86 / x86_64)
  • iTunes installed if you’re running Windows
  • An iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 7.0 through 7.0.4 (you may check in Settings / General / About => Version)
  • A USB cable to connect the device to the computer

But do not forget about the precautionary measures as well, since we don’t want to write an urgent letter to Santa for a new iPhone this year if something goes wrong. Therefore, Evasi0n posted the steps to avoid such misfortunes:

  • Backup your device using iTunes (or iCloud) before using evasi0n. If something breaks, you’ll always be able to recover your data.
  • Please disable the lock passcode of your iOS device before using evasi0n. It can cause issues.
  • Avoid all iOS and iTunes related tasks until evasi0n is complete. Why not just enjoy a brief break from the computer to stretch your legs?
  • If the process gets stuck somewhere, it’s safe to restart the program, reboot the device (if necessary by holding down Power and Home until it shuts down), and rerun the process./li>
  • If you get an error on OS X 10.8 saying that evasi0n can’t be opened, control-click (or right-click) the app and on the revealed context menu, choose ‘Open.’ On the ensuing dialogue box, choose ‘Open’ as well.

Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information
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