Close ups of my much coveted badge. Some hardware and base stations of the wifi village. Both Information Society and Berlin played on Saturday night! Shot a video of an amazing demo from the Car Hacking Village. A car modified to play games instead of driving. Also, the best of my flight home. Some great pictures of Hoover dam and some of the solar farms and mesas as we few home.
In truth, I haven’t touched it in years. I haven’t even touched cydia recently. Sadly, all this work would only be useful for someone with an original or 3g iPhone. Apple certainly doesn’t support those devices anymore. Does anyone still use those them? Unfortunately, my ISP insists that I remove the content. After 7 years of hosting it, they realized it violates TOS. I should check the logs. I wonder if it will even be missed. People say the internet never forgets. Sometimes it is quite the opposite. For nostalgias sake, i left the instructions site up: http://cydia.be3n.com/ (at least that does’t violate Dreamhost TOS). For the record, much of my work continued support well into iOS 4.
. . . Maybe it will rise again on S3?
A recent mouthpiece fitting exposed me to the latest in dental impressions. I filmed it, the tech was quite impressive. A camera takes pictures of my teeth and software stitches it into a 3D model. I only wish i could take home the model files. sure beat the molding clay in my mouth. (though it did take a little bit longer)
Snapchat is a popular multimedia chat app with an allegedly vanishing history. Users can send pics or videos and set an expiration in seconds. After viewing the content for the prescribed duration… poof, it’s gone. I was bored and playing with my wife when I noticed that the app sends an alert to the sender when their message is captured using iOS’s screen capture function. I was actually impressed with the forethought. Unfortunately, that impression did not last long. It took me less then 20 minutes and only 3 messages to take advantage of Snapchat’s prebuffering to capture the message permanently without revealing that I had even viewed it. I did this all with the latest Snapchat on the latest iOS on a stock iPhone 6s+ (no jailbreak). Honestly I find this kind of thing in a lot in applications not designed specifically for security. Non authenticated data is sent before the authentication for speed or some other performance reason that negatively impacts security. Kinda like client side authentication, sure there is a reason for it, but that doesn’t make it a good idea. I am certainly not the only one to figure this out. It seems that the basics of this method have been known for at least a year.
UPDATE (6-15-16): Tested again with newest Snapchat app. still working.
I finally ensured that all of the background tasks on my primary desktop would quite literally run in their sleep. Now I can leave it asleep a majority of the time. I am continually impressed with the energy efficiency of the new MacPro. The wattage depicted represents not just my slumbering beast, but several small appliances as well (including two Raspberry Pi). Getting a bit greener.
I 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.
Digital locks != physical locks
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 thoroughly 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)
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.)