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When a master key for HDCP encryption surfaced last year, Intel hardly broke a sweat. It declared that nobody could use the key to unlock Blu-rays or other protected sources unless they got into the semiconductor business and “made a computer chip” of their own. Oh Mann, didn’t they realize? That sort of language is like a red rag to a German post-grad, and now Ruhr University’s Secure Hardware Group has produced the ultimate rebuttal: a custom board that uses a field programmable gate array (FPGA) board to sit between a Blu-ray player and TV and decode the passing traffic. Student price: €200, and no silly bodysuits required.
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Question by Maryssuhh: how much money is it to repair a cracked samsung galaxy screen+? my samsung galaxy screen is cracked, but i want to know how much it will cost to repair it.
Answer by CNot cheap ($ 139-$ 199), but this site is the cheapest one I found
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Serving as a stark reminder that there are people on the Internet who are way, way too damned clever, the guys over at the iPhone design/development house Applidium claim to have cracked open Siri to take an unsanctioned look at its (her? his?) inner workings. In a rare (but quite welcome. I mean, by us. Probably not by Apple) move, they’ve gone on to do a rather detailed debriefing of how they got through.
So, what does this mean to you? Theoretically, it means that support for Apple’s voice-powered portable assistant could be hacked not only onto devices like the iPhone 4, but to anything from laptops to Android phones as well. As the italics on “theoretically” imply, though, there’s a bit of a catch.
The catch: in the end, anything attempting to communicate with Siri’s backend needs to have a valid iPhone 4S identification string, unique to each 4S. In one-off experiments like this one, spoofing that string with one pulled from an actual 4S is somewhat simple — Apple wouldn’t (/couldn’t) ever really notice.
If someone were to hack together an Android app and distribute it, though, the massive influx of requests all originating from the same unique ID would almost certainly trigger a blacklisting. Unless the app had a massive pool of authentic unique IDs to rotate through, the fishy activity would be pretty easy to discern.
I’d highly recommend reading Applidium’s full rundown of the process, but here’s the tl;dr breakdown:
- By connecting Siri to a local router and then dumping data as it came through, they realized that Siri was sending all of its data to a server that we’ll refer to as “Guzzoni”.
- All trafic sent to Guzzoni was sent through the HTTPS protocol. With the “S” in HTTPS standing for “Secure”, this traffic wasn’t subject to simple packet sniffing. So they had a new idea: make a fake Guzzoni server, and see what came through on the other end.
- After a good bit of ridiculously clever SSL certificate trickery, they got Siri sending commands to their fake server. With each command comes the “X-Ace-Host” string, which appears to be unique to each iPhone 4S.
- After figuring out how Apple was compressing (read: not encrypting) the data, Applidium was able to decompress it and parse out a rough sketch of exactly what was being sent (including which audio codec Apple was using), and what Siri expected in return.
With that process done, Applidium attempted to talk to Siri without any iPhone 4S in the equation. Their first challenge? Speech-to-text from a laptop running a custom script. Sure enough: it worked. Siri chewed through the sound file (a recording of them saying “autonomous demo of Siri”), didn’t bat an eye (as their tool was using their iPhone 4S’ actual unique ID), and returned a mountain of data detailing what Siri heard and how sure it was about each word.
Incredible. The Applidium guys have provided a few tools for others to recreate their steps — but, as it currently stands, there’s not much that can be done to take this beyond a rather cool proof-of-concept.
We haven’t seen anything this heart-wrenching since Pleo last made its way through the FCC. There’s just something depressing about watching an adorable little animal robot get torn down in the commission’s sterile government labs. Karotz, the successor to Nabaztag’s friendly WiFi-enabled throne has followed Pleo down the FCC rabbit hole, getting poked, prodded, and pulled apart, to assure that it won’t be shooting any harmful bunny death rays at you, the consumer. Also of note: the strangely ominous “Your New Life With Karotz” user manual cover.
Gallery: Karotz hits the FCC
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Hackers over iModZone have developed a new application iReSign that allows you to install cracked applications without having to jailbreak your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Unlike iPA God, the tool is very easy to use and lets app bundles (.ipa) files to be signed or resigned with digital certificate from Apple for distribution. iResign cracked app [...]Related Posts:
You guys might remember a few years back when someone demonstrated that many tubular locks, like those use on many Kryptonite bike locks, could be opened with a common Bic pen. That someone was Marc Weber Tobias, and he’s back now to warn you again that your laptop lock might not be as secure as you think. Case in point: this HP lock, which his associate opens on camera in just a few seconds by whacking it with a screwdriver.
Sure, there are better locks out there, but you might just take a second to test the security of your own or checking around on the net for evidence of poor quality. Even expensive locks sometimes have simple and devastating flaws, so if you’re carrying critical information on your laptop and trust the lock on it to keep it safe, make sure you’re not setting yourself up for tragedy.
Tobias describes the flaw in HP’s lock in detail here.
You would think that Nintendo would have foreseen all the design issues of the 3DS, well, years ago. The company has been working with clamshell handhelds for over 30 years. However some 3DS owners are reporting that their top screens are getting scratched and some d-pads are cracking.
The common thought in the Nintendo support forums is that most of these scratches are really lines caused by oil and humidity building up when the unit is closed. Users report that they’re easily whipped off at first but become more permanent as they build up over time. Some turn into scratches as well. Users have resorted to sandwiching a cleaning cloth between the screens when closing the 3DS.
SlashGear also dug up a cracked d-pad, apparently the from the same design flaw as the lines and scratches. It seems the rubber stripping around the 3DS is too thin. So thin that the top screen is close enough to the bottom to result in oil build up and a cracked d-pad. Chances are Nintendo will resolve customer issues on an individual basis. Of course most 3DSs are under warranty and most retailers will probably still accept them as returns. Still, if this is happening to your 3DS, let Nintendo know so the full scoop is known and can be properly resolved.
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