Bizarre FaceTime error could have horrifying security implications!

ios9 facetime iconI just got off a very strange call. Apparently, a complete stranger received a FaceTime request from me. “Butt Dial” right?  no big deal. Not this time.  At the time, i was in the middle of a FaceTime call with my dad.  I am almost certain I know exactly when it happened because i noticed a call-waiting style interruption on our call.  The first strange thing i noticed was that the incoming caller was my dad.  The same dad, I was presently talking to.  I rejected the call, thinking it was my dad accidentally calling from a different device. Then, moments later I get a mobile call from another LA number.  This time from an irate husband demanding to know why I would FaceTime his wife.  Unfortunately, I may have given them the wrong impression by asking questions of them.  The IT guy inside me wanted to figure out what just happened. Needless to say, they didn’t enjoy being grilled.  I barely had time to get out a few apologies, i don’t think they even realized that I hadn’t actually even called them.  I did get some answers.  They were not on a call at the time.  They were not even on the device.  My call history shows no outgoing calls save my dad.  my dad’s history doesn’t show the missed call on my history from him. I am almost certain I will never know what actually happened.  I am guessing that Apple FaceTime system might be a bit more duct tape and spit then we were lead to believe.

Amazing timing. I just got that. . .

iphone custom payload

For the past few days, I have been gathering the pieces for a project I finally started tonight.  The strange part is that until tonight, I didn’t know that I’d be on this project.  It involves an old iOS device, custom payloads, older Mac OS and especially old Xcode.  It is as if it touched on everything i had been blogging about this week.  Nothing new.  Just stuff I was letting myself forget.  None of it works with any of the newer devices (explains all the old code).  It also involved finding my old methods or rediscovering them.  When I’m done, I will pack it up nicely, document it toughly and hopefully never have to redo this part of the work again.  Thanks for the much needed distraction, now back to work.  (the gif above is from a very early payload from 2010 with much help from eric)

Links to Download Xcode DMG for all version!

Ok, i was doing some work with Mac Ports on an old 10.7.5 machine (9 year old iMac still works great).  I realized that i needed an Xcode install for 10.7.5.  I spent hours trying to find links to old Xcode versions on Apple’s Developer site.  They are gone.  Broadening my search to google, I found this amazing trove of links.  I am posting them here for my own selfish reasons, but i linked to the original post. Why must Apple insist on deleting the past.   enjoy them while they still work.

(you will need to be registered as an apple developer for these links to work.  Anyone can do it and it is free.)

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TBT: Remembering Hacktivation and some trickery I did 4 years ago. . .

Warning about packageBack in the days of hacked bootloaders and software unlocks, iOS (or was it still iPhoneOS back then) hackers could build custom ispw(s) that could be installed directly upon the device.  This wouldn’t just jailbreak, but it could install any number of 3rd party packages in one awesome sweep.  I prepared just such a custom package.  I wrote a post about it here.  At the time, I hesitated to post the actual packages for obvious reasons.  I do it today because i honestly don’t care and I was highly amused to recently discover that I never stopped hosting the files nor the instructions that I hastily wrote to aid a few friends.

Originally, these instructions were written to the winner of the auction for my phone.  (I promised that i would help him upgrade the software without breaking the soft unlock).  Back in those days, it was possible to sell a hacked and unlocked iPhone for more then the cost of upgrading to the new one.  A helpful way to finance constant hardware upgrades.

iPhone takes another dump!

This morning I woke to see that I hadn’t plugged in my phone overnight. I plugged it in and continued to prepare my breakfast.  I returned to find the boot screen staring ominously at me.  It never booted. So much for my jailbreak.  I tried a few things (force restart, safe mode, no luck).  Oddly enough, my watch was still receiving txt messages- no other iMessage client was working at that time).  Now i am restoring to last year.  (lol – it’s only 2 weeks old)

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Great work Pangu! Jailbreak 9-9.0.2!

Once again, Chinese team Pangu drops a public iOS jailbreak for all the devices presently released including the new iPhone 6s/+. The usual warning about backing up your devices and that most of the software on cydia must be updated to work with the OS.  We know that 9.1 is already in the pipe.  I hope no unnecessary bugs were burned.  Taig did amazing work in iOS 8 to ensure that their bugs were released at the perfect time for maximum effect and user elation.

Only windows app presently.  My windows virtual machine decided to implode this morning, so i used my gaming PC to get it done.  (my new windows VM is still updating)

I was successful jailbreaking my iPhone 6s+ that had been OTA updated to iOS 9.0.2.  Strangely, I received no confirmation screen upon success.  Pangu recommends restoring your device directly to 9.0.2 instead of using the update feature on your device.

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Star Wars and code!

Vader MatrixWith my work queue nearly completed, i have decided this morning to sit down and start a few small projects of my own.  I’ve got three screens up; client side, server side and Star Wars.  I am ready to get it done. Starting with the original version of the the original  A New Hope.  This will keep the creativity flowing while not distracting too much from the task at hand.  I’ll be posting on the other side assuming i produce something worth sharing. I hope you are making the best of your Friday. #starwarsandcode

Got some great stuff done, but nothing ready to show off yet.

Apple announces small changes that signify an exciting direction!

Apple Announcement 2015Apple’s big announcement today turned out to be more small enhancements that add up to exciting developments.  First off the rundown, iPhone 6s/6s Plus hits stores the 25th.  Faster, better camera, haptic feedback, force touch, and rose gold.  New iPad Pro with 2732‑by‑2048 12.9″ screen, a keyboard case, and a stylus!  Hits stores November. (also a new iPad Mini)  The Apple TV, got a complete rebuild with amazing looking features, but no delivery date.  Also some new Watch styles and bands or whatever.

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