Malware Rickrolls jailbroken iPhones

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

ZDNet: Seven perfectly legal ways to get Windows 7 cheap (or even free)

November 6th, 2009

Fantastic piece by my ZDNet blogging colleague Ed Bott on how you can legally pick up cheap (and even free) copies of Windows 7.

Only suckers pay retail.

If you’ve read any reviews of Windows 7, you’ve seen references to its price list, which ranges from $120 for a Home Premium upgrade to $320 for a fully licensed copy of Windows 7 Ultimate.

Well, guess what? You don’t have to pay that much. Most people have much better options available, if you know where to look.

In this piece Ed examines upgrade offers, deal for students, and subscription services.

A great piece that can save you a lot of money when buying Windows 7.

And Ed's right, only suckers pay retail!

Windows 7 and PCs with lots of RAM

November 5th, 2009

Question from a reader:

"A while ago, someone at Microsoft told me that to install Vista 64-bit on a PC with 4GB or more of memory, that I had to remove the extra memory, e.g. to 2GB, install Vista, and then reinstall the memory, because apparently there was some issue with installing Vista with 4GB of memory or more.  Is there any issue with installing Windows 7 on a PC with lots of memory (e.g. 12GB)?  Thanks."

I remember that problem, and it was really annoying, especially when building or reloading the OS on a system. Thankfully, that problem doesn't exist in Windows 7. In fact, it was fixed in Windows Vista as of Service Pack 1. So you're good to go!

HP offers helping hand to Windows 7 users

November 5th, 2009

HP is hosting a 24-hour "Expert Day" today (November 5th) over on its support forums.

Check it out!

If you miss this one HP is also planning to do the same thing on November 19th and December 1st.

Best iPhone & iPod touch apps

November 5th, 2009

With some 100,000 apps for the iPhone and iPod touch to choose from, it's good to have a few pointers to really good apps. Well, there's a list for that!

Best iPhone & iPod touch apps

I've discovered a couple of cool apps for my iPod touch from this listing!