Confirmed iPhone 3G Software Unlock Date

Well it is now official, the Dev-Team has updated their blog today to let you all know when the iPhone 3G software unlock will be released. Seems as if New Years eve is what they are aiming for.

  • The target release date for the unlock is New Year’s Eve 2008.
  • This unlock method is available to iPhone 3Gs that have 2.11.07 baseband or earlier, we did warn you.
  • The unlock requires a jailbroken 3G iPhone.

Use Any Media Management Program With Zune

ZuneBoards’ renowned PityOnU has just dropped his highly anticipated zAlternator software. The hack, currently in RC, cloaks your Zune as a generic Windows Portable Device, allowing it to theoretically sync with WMP, WinAmp, iTunes, or your favorite media management library. The instructions are pretty basic too.
Get your device into “sync” mode (have it show “syncing…” with the “starry night” Zune logo on the screen), and hit ctrl-alt-del, bring up Task Manager. Go to the Processes tab and end the process “Zune.exe”. Now bring up zAlternator. Follow the instructions, setting the Desired Service Provider to “Generic” and then clicking “apply.” Now open your program of choice and everything should be golden.
Just keep in mind that for those wanting to use iTunes (blech), the service is still in beta. Use at your own risk.

1.1.3 Jailbreak Achieved – not public yet

The iPhone dev team has achieved 1.1.3 jailbreak on both the iPhone AND the iPod Touch. The jailbreak solution has NOT been released to the public, and according to them will not be until February when the SDK releases, that way Apple doesn’t get to see the method, and break it before the SDK releases – jailbreak + SDK = awesome app functionality, for that free price we’ve all come to love for iPhone applications.

Pre-teen creates iPhone malware

A precocious pre-teen has prompted security warnings after creating a piece of malware for Apple‘s iPhone.

The 11 year-old hacker created a malicious file for the iPhone that masquerades as a legitimate piece of third-party software.

The file presents itself as ‘firmware 1.1.3 prep’, a utility said to prepare the handset for an upcoming software update.

Malicious activity does not occur when the software is installed; the damage is done when the user attempts to remove the malware. On deletion, the ‘prep’ file also removes a number of other legitimate files from the iPhone.

Security firm F-Secure credits the administrators of iPhone download site Modmyifone with publicising the attack and tracking down the author.

The administrators of Modmyifone claim that they have contacted the author’s parents, and that the site hosting the malicious code has been taken down.

Since the first third-party iPhone applications were released last summer, their regulation has rested largely on the shoulders of the user community.

Apple has washed its hands of the unofficial software, saying that, while it would not take special steps to remove any iPhone hacks, it would not support or take responsibility for damage caused by third-party software.

Although this latest attack has been taken down, security firms are warning iPhone users to be very careful when installing third-party software on the mobile device.

McAfee recommends that iPhone users install only official firmware updates, and the US Computer Emergency Response Team advises users to download files only from trusted websites.

“Hopefully this serves as a warning for those who have opened their iPhones using a security hole in the system and installed unverified software without a second thought,” wrote F-Secure chief research officer Mikko Hyppönen.

“This time it was an 11 year-old playing with XML files who created the Trojan. Next time it might be someone with more skills and specific targets.”

Firmware Hack Transforms Your iPod 5G Into an iPod Touch (Kind of)

Hackers l3lack J4ck, The Revival and djdut2000 have put together yet another modified iPod firmware, this time to mimic the iPod touch interface in your iPod 5G. In fact, it has a bit of the touch and a bit of the iPod Classic, as the other screenshots show:

Obviously, it’s not going to be the same thing without real on-screen touchy-touchy action but the results seem quite good. In fact, even while it has some little bugs that are being resolved now, it looks surprisingly polished to me. However, like all non-Apple modifications, be aware that this may void your guarantee, render your iPod useless and make lightning fall from the sky and disintegrate you. [Bryce Bender]