Archive for November, 2009

Chrome OS – The good, the bad and the ugly, and how it fits in with Windows, Mac and Linux

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Posted @Hardware 2.0:

After yesterday’s Google Chrome OS announcement I’ve had a little time to think about Google’s vision for the OS and how it fits in with Windows, Mac and Linux.


Is Apple being too precious about the App Store?

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Posted @Hardware 2.0:

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president for worldwide product marketing, talks about the App Store approval process. But is the process too cumbersome, tedious and does Apple take too much responsibility for the content of apps?


Get Safe Online – Warnings

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

There are new security warning(s):

·         Microsoft November Update for Multiple Vulnerabilities

What does it affect?: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista

What does it do?: Details of Microsoft's November software update concerning a number of vulnerabilities in various products.

How do I fix it?: Update your copy of the software with the download available from the supplier.

Details of Underlying Problem(s):For more technical information about this warning visit:

Date modified: 11/11/2009

Source: HM Government (CPNI)

Changing the root password on a jailbroken iPhone

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

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0: Install MobileTerminal Package


1: Run MobileTerminal

This program will be on your SpringBoard are called "Terminal".

2: Obtain Administrator Access

Run "su root" and provide the root password. The default password as provided by Apple is "alpine".

Here I also run "cd" only to shorten the otherwise very long prompt.

iPhone:~ mobile$ su root
iPhone:/var/mobile root# cd
iPhone:~ root#

3: Change the root Password

Run "passwd" and type in your new password twice. Please note that your keypresses will not be displayed on the terminal screen (for security).

iPhone:~ root# passwd
Changing password for root.
New password:
Retype new password:
iPhone:~ root#

4: Change the mobile Password

This is the regular user account on the device. Run "passwd mobile" and repeat as directed above.

iPhone:~ root# passwd mobile
Changing password for mobile.
New password:
Retype new password:
iPhone:~ root#

5: Close MobileTerminal

Congratulations! Your job is done!

Malware Rickrolls jailbroken iPhones

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Got a jailbroken iPhone? Then you need to read this:

The first worm targeting Apple’s iPhone is alive and spreading in the wild. But most iPhone owners need not worry about it.

The worm, known as Ikee, is, as worms go pretty harmless in that all it does is change the lock screen wallpaper to a picture of 80’s signer Rick Astley before looking for other devices to infect.

If you're running a jailbroken iPhone and you didn't change the root password fro the default "alpine" (yes, the whole hacking world knows that it is) then you should change it now!

Here are instructions on how to remove Ikee variants

Variants A, B and C

  • Remove: /bin/poc-bbot
  • Remove: /bin/sshpass
  • Remove: /var/log/youcanbeclosertogod.jpg
  • Remove: /var/mobile/LockBackground.jpg
  • Remove: /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ikey.bbot.plist
  • Remove: /var/lock/bbot.lock
  • Reboot the iPhone, reinstall SSH and change the default root password

Variant D

  • Remove: /usr/libexec/cydia/startup
  • Remove: /usr/libexec/cydia/
  • Remove: /usr/libexec/cydia/startup-helper
  • Remove: /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.saurik.Cydia.Startup.plist
  • Reinstall Cydia from the terminal as follows:
        Su root
        get-app remove cydia
        get-app install cydia
  • Reboot the iPhone and change the default root password