iPhones Kill Switch Can be Disabled!

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  1. micaheljcaboose

    micaheljcaboose Well-Known Member

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    Steve Jobs in an interview with the Wall Street Journal had confirmed the existence of a kill-switch mechanism to deactivate iPhone apps already installed on the iPhone which was discovered by iPhone expert, Zdziarski during his forensic examination of iPhone 3G.

    Zdziarski has published a follow-up post on his blog to clarify a few things about Apple's kill-switch mechanism and also published a simple method on how to block it.

    Jonathan “NerveGas” Zdziarski has published the iPhone Open Application Development book to develop unofficial native iPhone applications using the iPhone open source tool chain and is also the author of iPhone Forensics. He had recently ported the iPhone Open Source Tool chain to iPhone firmware 2.0.

    He had discovered a remote URL during his forensic study of iPhone £G which indicated that Apple has included a mechanism in iPhone firmware 2.0 to deactivate iPhone apps already installed on the iPhone.

    Zdziarski has clarified that:

    Zdziarski has this to say after Steve Jobs confirmed that the kill-switch mechanism existed:

    He has also posted a simple method for blocking Apple's kill switch, which needs you to jailbreak iPhone using iPhone Dev Team's Pwnage Tool for Mac or WinPwn Tool for Windows and then add the following entry into /etc/host.

    Code:
    127.0.0.1 iphone-services.apple.com
    Steve Jobs had clarified that Apple would use it only to remove a malicious program -- as an example a program that stole user's personal data just as we had thought. He has also mentioned:

    So we would not recommend iPhone users to disable this mechanism, but if you are paranoid about Apple having control over apps running on your iPhone then you know what needs to be done courtesy Zdziarski.
  2. kookmasteraj

    kookmasteraj New Member

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    is killswitch on the ipod touch too??
  3. Nickll9009

    Nickll9009 New Member

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  4. Shadowriver

    Shadowriver Active Member

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    Yes, since iPod touch contains functional Core Location :>

    Blocking iPhone-services hostname may result errors in other services :> i think iphone-services hostname will be used in Push Notification.
  5. mikec1985

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    Has any one else seen this on boss prefs I got the update today and noticed it on there??? Sorry if this has already been posted.
  6. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    127.0.0.1 iphone-services.apple.com


    where do we stick that? in replace of

    127.0.0.1 localhost ?
  7. MegaMan

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    ya i neutered it

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    bossprefs is awesome
  8. mikec1985

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    Just use boss prefs
  9. elor

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    how do u do that on a mac??
  10. diegohuyke

    diegohuyke New Member

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    bossprefs can do it.

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