Let’s Talk Jailbreak 124: Protect yourself

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 9, 2015

Episode 124: More talk about how to protect yourself from malicious jailbreak tweaks. A look at a new app that helps you to identify if your jailbroken iPhone has been compromised.

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PushRecord tweak adds hands-free audio message capability to the stock Messages app

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 8, 2015

PushRecord is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to record extended audio messages in the stock Messages app hands-free. Normally, when you wish to send an audio message in the Messages app, you have to hold down the record button for the duration of the message. With PushRecord, all it takes is a single push to start the recording and keep it going. Read More


Keek: the best way to view apps in Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 8, 2015

There are several jailbreak tweaks that allow you to view apps in Control Center, CCMore being the latest, but none of them are as good or as well implemented as this tweak.

Keek is a jailbreak tweak that lets you quickly open your most recently viewed apps in Control Center. You can then go back to Control Center, close the app, or launch the app in full screen view. Watch our video walkthrough to see Keek in action. Read More


Pangu team publishes a report highlighting kernel vulnerabilities in iOS 8.4.1

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 8, 2015

Pangu team member, windknown, has posted a report on the official Pangu blog outlining several vulnerabilities in iOS 8.4.1, the latest public iOS firmware for iPhones and iPads.

The writeup, entitled iOS 8.4.1 Kernel Vulnerabilities in AppleHDQGasGaugeControl, highlights three different bugs found in iOS 8.4.1: a stack overflow bug, an out-of-bound memory access bug, and a heap overflow bug. Read More


13 tweaks to check out this weekend

By Sébastien Page on Sep 6, 2015

We’re just days away from Apple unveiling new iOS devices and likely providing an official launch date for iOS 9. With new software come new challenges, and of course the continuation of the cat and mouse game. If rumors hold true, a jailbreak for iOS 9 might never happen. We shall see, I guess. In the meantime, let’s enjoy what we have now. Read More


How to check to see if your iPhone is infected by the KeyRaider malware

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 5, 2015

DylibSearch is a new jailbreak app that helps you quickly check to see if you have any known malicious tweaks, like KeyRaider, installed on your device. It does so by scanning the contents of the .dylib files contained in the filesystem’s MobileSubstrate directory.

By checking for known strings contained in malicious files, DylibSearch can quickly tell you if your iPhone is infected, or if it has a clean bill of health. This open source tweak is available by means of a special third-party repo, which you’ll find inside of this post. Read More


PhotoDismiss8: add swipe-to-dismiss functionality to the Photos app in iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 4, 2015

iOS 9 introduces a whole host of new subtle characteristics to the OS, such as swipe-to-dismiss functionality for photo previews in the Camera app. Today, a developer has released a new tweak that brings a similar swipe-to-dismiss gesture to the stock Photos app in iOS 8.

Simply entitled PhotoDismiss8, this tweak is now available for download via developer Andrew Wiik’s beta repo. To find out how to add Wiik’s beta repo and try PhotoDismiss8 for yourself, read on. Read More


EarthLockScreen places a rotating globe on your iPhone’s Lock screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 4, 2015

With EarthLockScreen, a free new jailbreak tweak that recently landed on the Cydia store, you can have the world in your palm. Yes, that was a terrible attempt at a joke, but you get the point.

EarthLockScreen quite literally lives up to its name in that it places a spinning globe right on your iPhone’s Lock screen. I’ll be the first to admit that this tweak has little to no practical value, but my curiosity got the best of me and I had to try it out. In this post, I’ll show you what you can expect from EarthLockScreen. Read More


How to protect yourself from malicious jailbreak tweaks

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 2, 2015

As you guys know, there was a pretty significant iCloud account attack reported recently, in which nearly a quarter of a million iCloud accounts were exposed to potential compromise. The number of accounts that were actually hacked is up for debate, but it was less than half of the reported 220,000~ or so iCloud accounts exposed.

Of course, many took this attack as an opportunity to lecture about the reasons why we shouldn’t jailbreak. While such a lecture isn’t necessarily ill-intentioned, I think that most people who jailbreak understand that there are some inherited risks associated with doing so.

It’s not like accidentally downloading an infected app on your computer, or an ill-advised clicking on a shady email link. Those who jailbreak generally know that there are some security risks involved, at least partially. The problem is, many don’t understand that there are effective ways to protect one’s self.

How do you go about ensuring that you’re as safe as possible while maintaining a jailbroken iPhone? The following steps will show you how. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 123: A man, a plan, a casa

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 2, 2015

Episode 123: Is jailbreaking safe? The guys break down the latest jailbreak-related security issue. A discussion on how to protect yourself. A look at the latest jailbreak tweaks to land on Cydia.

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SimpleReach lends additional flexibility to Reachability

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 1, 2015

SimpleReach is a new tweak that lets you use Reachability in new ways. Instead of just pulling down the interface with a double-tap on the iPhone’s Touch ID-enabled Home button, SimpleReach lets you access Reachability at varying degrees. By tapping and swiping from the Home button, users can pull down the iPhone’s interface beyond what’s possible with stock Reachability, making app interface elements even easier to reach. Read More


SmartClose places apps in a state of deep sleep to intelligently preserve system resources

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 30, 2015

Ryan Petrich’s SmartClose, a popular tweak that takes backgrounded apps and places them immediately into a deep sleep state, has finally been updated for iOS 8. Due to the tweak’s usefulness in terms of battery life and system resource preservation, many of you have been clamoring for a SmartClose update ever since the iOS 8 jailbreak was released.

What makes this tweak so beloved and effective? How does it work? Check out the post for all of the details.

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Tweaks of the week: FutureLock, MusicScroller, SimpleReach, and more

By Sébastien Page on Aug 30, 2015

Another interesting week for the jailbreak community. Despite the reports of thousands of iCloud account being compromised by some shady jailbreak tweaks installed from some shady repos you’ve probably never heard of, we’ve seen some good tweaks being released in Cydia.

In case you don’t want to scroll through dozens and dozens of packages, we round up all the new jailbreak tweaks that appeared this week on Cydia. Read More


CCMore places full quick launch apps inside Control Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 29, 2015

CCMore is a tweak that lets users integrate the Control Center’s quick launch apps directly into the Control Center interface. The quick launch apps—Timer, Calculator, and Camera—already appear as shortcuts at the bottom of Control Center, but CCMore takes it a step further, letting you access these apps within Control Center itself. Read More


PowerColor brings custom color gradients to the iOS battery indicator

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 27, 2015

Want to better visualize the current status of your iPhone’s battery? PowerColor is a new tweak that lets you enjoy a gradient of colors ranging from green (fully charged) to red (empty). As the power level of your iPhone’s battery decreases, the color of the battery indicator will subtly change to represent the appropriate range of remaining charge. Read More


New details emerge on recent iCloud breach of jailbroken iPhones

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 27, 2015

Two days ago, we told you about an attack on jailbroken iPhones that compromised the accounts of some 220,000 iCloud users. New details have since emerged about the breach, that confirm what we initially speculated in the post on Tuesday evening.

The vast majority, if not all of the accounts, were of Chinese origin. On Wednesday morning, I personally confirmed this with someone directly in the know about the attack.

To that extent, a website has been created for potential victims of the attack to see if their account was compromised. That website is in Chinese, further emphasizing the origin and the region that was affected by this recent breach.

In all, there are a whopping 105,275 valid iCloud accounts out of the 220,000 compromised. That means that nearly half of those accounts captured contain active username and password combinations.

As speculated, this was indeed the result of a jailbreak tweak, but it was also self-inflicted, meaning users installed both the repo and the tweak responsible for the intrusion. Read More


Let’s Talk Jailbreak 122: It was good while it lasted

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 26, 2015

Episode 122: The guys discuss the closure of the iOS 8.4 signing window, the iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak, the future of jailbreaking, and tons of new jailbreak tweaks. We also discuss our picks for top tweak of the week.

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Report: 220,000 iCloud accounts breached due to jailbreak tweak backdoor

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 25, 2015

It’s a number that’s bound to raise some eyebrows: 220,000 iCloud accounts breached in what is being called a backdoor attack made possible by a malicious jailbreak tweak.

This leak, which was brought to our attention by /r/jailbreak, was reported by a Chinese online vulnerability reporting platform called WooYun. It’s an information security platform where security researchers report vulnerabilities and vendors give feedback. WooYun is a legit site, and it has reported thousands of security related issues in this month alone.

On a post on its website, WooYun details the nature of this particular attack, stating that 220,000 accounts have been compromised as a result of a malicious jailbreak tweak or plug-in. It also states that WooYun has notified vendors—presumably Apple—and are awaiting processing.

It’s sure to make any jailbroken iPhone user take note, but before you get too alarmed, understand that this hack has nothing to do with Apple’s security, and that there appears to be special circumstances in the case of this breach. Read More


QuickSwipe lets you swipe to dismiss videos in Safari

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 25, 2015

QuickSwipe is a new tweak that brings swipe to dismiss functionality to videos playing in mobile Safari. The tweak is extremely simple and focused, contains no preferences, and is good to go upon installation.

After respring, begin playing a video in Safari and perform a swipe down gesture to dismiss the video and go back to the browser. If you find it annoying to have to tap the “Done” button to close a full screen video, then QuickSwipe is a tweak that you may enjoy using. Read More


Docker doubles the capacity of your iPhone’s dock

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 25, 2015

Are you finding that the dock’s four app limit just isn’t enough for day-to-day usage? If so, then you may want to give Docker a shot.

Docker is a new jailbreak tweak that doubles the capacity of your dock, allowing for up to eight different apps to reside there. It accomplishes this feat by adding a bottom drawer that’s accessible by means of a simple swipe up gesture on the dock. Anytime that you wish to access the extra items in the dock, just perform that same swipe up gesture.

Docker is simple to use, but it’s not without its fair share of issues, at least in its current 1.0 build. Check out the details inside to see. Read More