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Controversial scene deleted from ‘Panipat’

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Renowned jailbreak tool unc0ver now available for A12 iPhones running iOS 12.4.1 and below

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Dec
11

You are not new to the jailbreaking realm, are you? Owing to the constraints Apple imposed on their devices, more people jump on the bandwagon every time an iOS version goes live. In case you happened to jailbreak in the past, you know it’s not a piece of cake.

Starting from the selection of an appropriate tool, you have to put your attention to everything related to the process. At this moment, checkra1n is the most popular jailbreaking tool with support for iOS 13 and even Apple TV.

checkra1n vulnerability

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You might have heard of unc0ver as well. As a semi-tethered jailbreaking tool, it needs you to run a PC utility to reinstate the privileges after every reboot. One of the main reasons people shifted from unc0ver to checkra1n was its limited support.
unc0ver latest version

But, it seems like the developers are in pursuit of bringing the tool to its old glory. Today, a beta version (v3.8.0) has gone live with support for A12 devices and iOS 12.4.1. I know, I know! The availability for iOS 13 is still far-fetched. Still, it’s a step-up from where the tool was!

You can download the IPA file from the official site or GitHub directory. Don’t know what to do with it? Well, have a look at the whole procedure below. You need to connect your iPhone/iPad to a computer for this to work.

1. Download Unc0ver jailbreak IPA onto your computer
2. Download Cydia Impactor
3. Open Cydia Impactor and connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer Cydia Impactor screen
4. Make sure it is detected; find the Uncover IPA File and drag it into Cydia Impactor
5. Input your Apple ID and password and leave Cydia Impactor to its work; the Unc0ver file will be signed and loaded onto your device
6. Once the process has finished, open your iOS Settings and go to General Profilesiphone app profile
7. Find the app profile or that with your Apple ID and tap on it
8. Tap Trust and check it changes to Delete
9. Disable Siri and enable Airplane mode on your device
10. Reboot and check that Airplane mode is still enabled and that Wi-Fi has been disabled
11. Tap the Uncover icon on your homepage to continue the jailbreak process
12. Tap Jailbreak and wait; your device will respring during the process jailbreak unc0veruncover jailbreak
13. When it reboots for the last time, and you see Cydia on your home screen, the jailbreak has been successfulcydia iPhone x
14. Tap Cydia to start using it for all your jailbreak tweaks and apps.
15. If the Cydia icon is not there, reboot, tap the Uncover icon and try again. Repeat until it is successful; it may take a couple of tries to work. Once successful, re-enable Siri and disable Airplane mode.
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New Zealand must find room for Ferguson in Perth

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Dec
11

Lockie Ferguson steams in during New Zealand’s training session © Getty Images

Former New Zealand wicketkeeper and now world-renowned commentator Ian Smith believes room has to be found for Lockie Ferguson to play the first Test against Australia in Perth.

Ferguson, who has enjoyed impressive returns in limited-overs cricket, is uncapped at Test level but with the Perth Stadium wicket expected to provide pace and bounce, Smith argued it is time to unleash him to provide a point of difference in the New Zealand attack for when the ball doesn’t swing.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead acknowledged the skills Ferguson would bring to the side but said that it was difficult to fit him into a settled line-up. There may yet be a vacancy in the XI if Trent Boult does not prove his fitness from a side strain, but if Boult is available, Smith agreed it would a tough decision on who would miss out and suggested there could be a case for not playing Mitchell Santner and going in with an all-pace attack.

“They’ve got to wake up and pull the curtains and find out where they are and that’s Australia and that is conducive to bowling fast. I believe he [Ferguson] should play,” Smith, who will be commentating for Fox Cricket, said. “He’s an element of the unknown. They’ve all seen him do very well in the World Cup but you can’t coach [someone to bowl] 145-150kph and, if it’s very accurate, it’s very often hard to play and commands respect.

“The reason I would have him is it’s all very well for the ball to swing and seam around initially but at 135kph when it stops doing that, how are you looking? That’s bit of a problem from New Zealand’s point of view. I’d have him in the side.”

“Would you put him instead of Wagner? Probably not. Wagner is going to give you 110 percent for 100 percent of the day, so I’m not sure I would. What I would think about here knowing it hasn’t had a massive history of Test cricket or spin I might even think about playing four [fast bowlers] and just going at Australia and saying ‘You against us, us against you; fight fire with fire’. But [New Zealand have] got to find room for him.”

There would be a significant risk in going in without a spinner in a Test that is set to be played in very high temperatures. The other option could be to leave out Tim Southee, who averages over 50 with the ball in Australia. Smith, however, cautioned against that because of the threat Southee could pose with the pink ball.

“It’s a difficult call; it’s one they have to consider because if it’s a one for one and you keep Santner in probably Southee is the one they’re looking at,” he said. “But I’ll bring in the pink ball to that. Red ball, bright sunny day late in the afternoon – I’m with you, but I just worry that late in the afternoon the pink ball kicks in all night and Southee over the years has been one of the best seam/swing bowlers that we’ve had and that is an asset we might just need at this particular venue.”

Of New Zealand’s prospects of securing just their second series win in Australia – after the 1985-86 triumph in which Smith played – he was confident they have the side to pull off victory, but the opening exchanges in Perth will be vital.

“If they hang in, they have a right royal chance of pulling it off,” Smith said. “I think they can go the distance. I say that because I’ve seen them do it for a number of years, they aren’t ranked No. 2 because they are an overnight good side, they have been playing good cricket in most conditions for quite some time.

“The only worry I’ve got is that sides have come over here labelled as underdogs and thought like underdogs. That’s more the New Zealand psyche that anything else, but I do believe ability-wise I think they are ready. Whatever they do, New Zealand have to start well. First hour, first session they have to win that. If they do, I think they are on track.”

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

Trump is fourth U.S. president to face impeachment as Democrats unveil charges

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Dec
11

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives announced impeachment charges against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, making him the fourth president in U.S. history to face a formal effort to remove him from office.

The Democratic-controlled House is almost certain to vote to impeach the president as soon as next week, setting up a trial in the Republican-led Senate early next year, shortly before the presidential election kicks off with primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire.

The effort to force Trump out of the White House faces long odds of success. At least 20 Senate Republicans would have to vote to remove him from office, and none so far have indicated they are considering such a move.

The Senate may opt to forego a full trial and instead hold its vote after House Democrats and Trump’s defenders make their opening statements, Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said at a news conference. That may go against the wishes of Trump, who wants to call his own witnesses.

The impeachment charges accuse Trump of “betraying” the country by abusing power in an effort to pressure Ukraine to probe a political rival and then obstructing Congress’ investigation into the scandal.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told reporters that Democrats had to take action because Trump had endangered the U.S. Constitution, jeopardized national security and undermined the integrity of the 2020 election.

“No one, not even the president, is above the law,” Nadler said at a news conference. His panel could take up the charges as soon as Wednesday ahead of the full House vote.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham accused Democrats of engaging in a “baseless and partisan” attempt to undo his surprise victory in the 2016 election.

“WITCH HUNT!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

‘OBSTRUCTION AND STALEMATE’

He is the fourth U.S. president to face impeachment.

Democratic President Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 for lying about a sexual relationship he had with a White House intern, but he was acquitted in the Senate. Republican President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 before he was impeached over his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Democratic President Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 but not convicted in the Senate.

Democrats have moved rapidly since launching their inquiry in late September after a whistleblower complaint about a July 25 telephone call in which Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender in the Democratic race to challenge Trump in next November’s election.

The abuse of power charge accuses Trump of using nearly $400 million in U.S. security aid and a possible White House meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart to solicit Ukraine to publicly announce the investigations of Biden and a debunked theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

The obstruction charge accuses the president of defying and impeding the House’s efforts to investigate the scandal, adding that Trump would remain a threat to the U.S. Constitution if he remained in office.

Republicans argue Trump did nothing improper in his call with Zelenskiy and say there is no direct evidence he withheld aid or a White House meeting in exchange for a favour.

Top Democrats initially had been reluctant to pursue Trump’s impeachment out of concerns that it could inspire a voter backlash in 2020.

According to Reuters/Ipsos polling, 44 percent of Americans support impeachment, with 42 percent opposed. Roughly three out of four Democrats support the effort, while fewer than one in 10 Republicans back it.

Nadler and other Democrats involved in the effort opted to focus solely on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, rather than the president’s efforts to impede Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, or other controversial aspects of his tenure. They say the two articles reflect Trump’s worst offences and have the broadest support.

The two impeachment articles are bundled into a single resolution, which minimizes the risk of either of them failing on their own. During the Clinton impeachment, the House voted separately on four articles and two of them failed, including one on abuse of power.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a leading figure in Clinton’s impeachment, warned that Democrats were setting a dangerous precedent.

“Future Congresses will inevitably make impeachment a political tool to be used anytime a President of the opposing party occupies the White House,” he said in a statement.

Representative Adam Schiff, the Democrat who spearheaded the investigation in the House Intelligence Committee, said Trump had given Democrats no choice.

“The evidence of the president’s misconduct is overwhelming and uncontested,” Schiff said.

The White House has refused to participate in the impeachment inquiry so far, but is expected to mount a vigorous defence in the Senate. It is unclear whether Trump himself will testify, but he refused to sit for an interview during Mueller’s investigation.

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Senate Leader McConnell complained that the process had crowded out work on other matters.

Congress is set to consider a rush of bipartisan legislation in the coming weeks, including legislation that upgrades military housing and establishes three months of family leave for federal workers. House lawmakers may approve a new trade deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico, which the Senate will not take up before the holidays.

Congress also must tackle legislation to fund the government through next September, which is due to expire on Dec. 20.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell, Richard Cowan, David Morgan, Doina Chiacu, Patricia Zengerle, Ginger Gibson, Chris Kahn and Susan Heavey; Writing by Andy Sullivan and Paul Simao; Editing by Ross Colvin and Jonathan Oatis

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What the newly released Checkra1n jailbreak means for iDevice security

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Dec
10
What the newly released Checkra1n jailbreak means for iDevice security

It has been a week since the release of Checkra1n, the world’s first jailbreak for devices running Apple’s iOS 13. Because jailbreaks are so powerful and by definition disable a host of protections built into the OS, many people have rightly been eyeing Checkra1n—and the Checkm8 exploit it relies on—cautiously. What follows is a list of pros and cons for readers to ponder, with a particular emphasis on security.

The good

First, Checkra1n is extremely reliable and robust, particularly for a tool that’s still in beta mode. It jailbreaks a variety of older iDevices quickly and reliably. It also installs an SSH server and other utilities, a bonus that makes the tool ideal for researchers and hobbyists who want to dig into the internals of their devices.

“I expected it to be a little rougher around the edges for the first release,” Ryan Stortz, an iOS security expert and principal security researcher at the firm Trail of Bits, said in an interview. “It’s really nice to be able to install a new developer beta on your development iPhone and have all your tooling work out of the box. It makes testing Apple’s updates much much easier.”

Another benefit of Checkra1n is that it promises to work reliably on a wide array of hardware. Those models include devices from the iPhone 5s all the way to the iPhone X running iOS 12.3 or later. (At the moment, the Checkra1n beta doesn’t support the iPad Air 2, first generation iPad Pro, and fifth generation iPad. Users may also experience problems when running this beta on the iPhone 5s, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3. These incompatibilities will likely be fixed in time, as new Checkra1n updates become available.)

Also significant, Checkm8-based jailbreaks will work permanently on these devices. Unlike most jailbreaks, which exploit vulnerabilities in iOS, Checkm8 targets a flaw in the Boot ROM, which is the first code that runs when an iDevice is turned on. This code is burned into the hardware itself and can’t be patched. This is the reason Checkra1n will work with every new release of iOS over the lifetime of a vulnerable phone.

This means that people can continue to enjoy the benefits and security fixes available in new iOS releases without losing the ability to jailbreak their devices (new versions of iOS inevitably fix jailbreaking vulnerabilities). This is a far cry from jailbreaks over the past decade that forced users to run outdated versions of iOS. The last time a jailbreak targeted the Boot ROM was in 2010 when hacker George Hotz (aka Geohot) developed one for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.

Checkra1n is also helpful because it makes it painfully obvious it has been used. A large Checkra1n logo displays during bootup. And the home screen will include the Cydia and Checkra1n apps, neither of which appear when an iDevice runs normally.

And like all Checkm8-based jailbreaks, Checkra1n requires physical access to the vulnerable device and a reboot, which means user data and Touch ID and Face ID are inaccessible until the next time a PIN is entered to unlock the device. This means that remote exploits aren’t possible.

The bad

Checkm8-based jailbreaks, including Checkra1n, come with some notable limitations that many jailbreaking enthusiasts consider deal-breakers. First, Checkm8 doesn’t work on iDevices introduced in the past two years, specifically those with A12 and A13 CPUs. That limits the jailbreak to older devices, most of which—but not all—are no longer sold in retail outlets.

The other major limitation is that Checkm8-based jailbreaks are “tethered,” meaning they don’t survive a reboot. Each time the device is restarted, it must first be connected to a Mac—eventually Windows versions of Checkra1n are expected—and jailbroken all over again. Untethered jailbreaks, by contrast, are much more popular because they allow iDevices to boot normally, without being connected to a computer each time.

Another drawback to any jailbreak is that it’s an inevitably risky thing, since it unbinds an iDevice from the protections and quality assurances Apple has painstakingly built into iOS over more than a decade. Apple warns here that jailbreaking can “cause security vulnerabilities, instability, shortened battery life, and other issues.” The stakes are raised further by the beta status of Checkra1n. The Checkra1n website warns: “This release is an early beta preview and as such should not be installed on a primary device. We strongly recommend proceeding with caution.”

Then there are the risks of error by inexperienced users who are drawn to Checkra1n’s reliability, robustness, and its promise to work—on older devices, anyway—in perpetuity.

“The biggest threat from Checkra1n is how easily a non-technical user can jailbreak their device, which then leaves it vulnerable to additional attacks,” Christoph Hebeisen, head of security research at mobile security provider Lookout, said. One protection that Checkra1n deactivates is the iOS sandbox, which cordons off sensitive parts of iOS from the apps it runs. The risk is heightened by the ability of jailbroken devices to run any app. Normally iPhones and iPads can run only apps that are available in the App Store, which vets submissions for security and stability before allowing them in.

One other warning: the site checkrain[.]com is an imposter site that installs a malicious profile onto the end-user device. Readers should steer clear.

The (more subtly) bad

There’s a more subtle threat posed by Checkra1n’s ease in almost completely unpairing a device from the protections that have made iOS arguably the world’s most secure OS. As noted earlier, it would be hard for someone to use this jailbreak maliciously against someone else. But Stortz, the iOS security expert at Trail of Bits, said that Checkra1n’s release demonstrates just how powerful it could be should its capabilities fall into the wrong hands.

“The threat is more real now because a sophisticated exploit is available to everyone,” he said. He went on to theorize cases of attackers reverse-engineering Checkra1n and combining its jailbreaking capabilities with rootkits or other malicious code. All attackers might need to use this malicious Checkra1n-derived jailbreak is very brief access to an iDevice. This type of attack could covertly steal text messages, login credentials, cryptographic keys, and all kinds of other sensitive data. These attacks would be particularly effective against iPhones and iPads that don’t use fingerprints or face scans for unlocking. He explained:

Checkm8 allows someone to undermine the trust of the iOS secure boot chain. Checkra1n makes it easy to do. It’s true that checkra1n puts a nice logo on it and installs development tools, but that doesn’t need to happen. Someone will modify checkra1n to remove the logo and install a rootkit instead. [In that scenario] having a PIN-only passcode is a poor choice. You’ll pick up your phone [after Checkra1n is surreptitiously installed] and unlock it, allowing the rootkit full access to your personal data.

It has been possible to create this type of malicious jailbreak since late September, when the Checkm8 exploit became public. But that kind of attack required huge amounts of time and skill. Now, Stortz said, “no one would do that when Checkra1n exists and is so well done.”

The take-away from the sort of scenario Stortz hypothesizes is this: for journalists, dissidents, and other high-value targets who use iOS devices and can afford to, it’s best to use hardware that has an A12 or higher CPU. An iDevice introduced in the past two years will ensure that it’s safe from Checkra1n-derived attacks at border crossings, in hotel rooms, or in other situations that involve brief separations.

For iOS users who can’t afford a newer iPhone or iPad, using Touch ID or Face ID can lower the chances of malicious jailbreaks since users can be tipped off that something is amiss if the iDevice unexpectedly requires a PIN. And whenever the device has been out of the user’s control, even briefly—or users suspect anything else is amiss—they should reboot it.

This level of scrutiny is probably overkill for most users of vulnerable iPhones and iPads. Unfortunately, for users belonging to more targeted groups, these precautions are a natural consequence of a post-Checkra1n era.

Agar, Nielsen break South Australia rut in Bailey swansong

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Dec
10

South Australia 346 (Weatherald 126, Carey 73, Bird 4-70) and 4 for 170 beat Tasmania 254 (Milenko 100, Agar 3-68) and 261 (McDermott 89, Agar 5-53) by six wickets

An unbeaten sixth-wicket stand of 136 between Harry Nielsen and William Bosisto delivered South Australia their first Sheffield Shield victory after a drought of 18 matches over 659 days, in what was also the 161st – and last – first-class game for the Australian selector-in-waiting George Bailey.

The Redbacks, as may have been expected given their run of defeats, made life hard for themselves by slipping to 4 for 34 in pursuit of 170 to beat Tasmania by six wickets at Bellerive Oval, as Gabe Bell and Riley Meredith found swing and bounce respectively with the new ball.

However Nielsen – with only one half century from his previous 15 innings for SA – and the former West Australian Bosisto fought their way through the difficult period and did not offer a chance as they glided home, doing so on the stroke of tea in Hobart.

Resuming at 6 for 241 on the final morning, the Tigers could add only 20 runs to their overnight total, as Chadd Sayers and Wes Agar combined potently for the visitors. Agar’s eight wickets for the game were to earn him Player-of-the-Match honours, while SA also had reason to thank Jake Weatherald, the captain Alex Carey, Joe Mennie and Nick Winter for their first innings batting contributions.

Nevertheless, victory looked a long way off when Bell swerved the newish ball into Henry Hunt’s back pad and then Callum Ferguson’s off stump, while at the other end Meredith drew edges from Weatherald and Carey. An older ball meant that conditions eased for Nielsen and Bosisto, but they showed a remarkable level of composure in knocking off the runs with minimal fuss.

Bailey was left to bowl the final over of the match, clad in his state cap, before accepting congratulations from both sides for a long and fruitful red-ball career that featured five Test match appearances in the 2013-14 Ashes and a leading hand in all three of Tasmania’s Sheffield Shield-winning seasons.

Hope fades for eight missing after New Zealand volcanic island erupts

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Dec
10

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (Reuters) – Eight people were missing and presumed dead on Tuesday after a volcanic eruption covered a small New Zealand island popular with tourists in hot ash and steam, killing five people and seriously injuring around 30 more.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said aerial reconnaissance flights showed no signs of life on White Island, as eyewitnesses detailed the horrific burns suffered by some survivors.

Ardern said tourists from Australia, the United States, Britain, China and Malaysia were among the missing and injured, along with New Zealanders.

“To those who have lost or are missing family and friends, we share in your unfathomable grief in this moment at time and in your sorrow,” Ardern said at a news conference in Whakatane, a town on the mainland’s east coast, some 50 km (30 miles) from White Island.

A crater rim camera owned and operated by New Zealand’s geological hazards agency GeoNet showed one group of people walking away from the rim inside the crater just a minute before the explosion. Other webcams showed the explosion that shot an ash plume some 12,000 feet (3,658 m) into the air.

“It’s now clear that there were two groups on the island – those who were able to be evacuated and those who were close to the eruption,” Ardern added.

SURVIVORS BURNT

Rescuers have been unable to access the island, which is covered in grey ash. GNS Science, New Zealand’s geoscience agency, warned there was a 50/50 chance of another eruption in the coming 24 hours, as the volcano vent continued to emit “steam and mud jetting”.

A New Zealand man, whose tour group was just leaving the island at the time of the eruption, said he helped pulled critically injured survivors into a boat.

Geoff Hopkins, 50, who was given the tour as a birthday gift, said many of the survivors had run into the sea to escape the eruption.

“They were just so massively burnt,” he told the NZ Herald newspaper. “People were in shorts and T-shirts so there was a lot of exposed skin that was massively burnt.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday three Australians were feared to be among the confirmed fatalities, with 13 among the injured.

“I fear there is worse news to come,” Morrison said.

Some 30 people were hospitalized, many with critical injuries, Ardern said, adding authorities were still assessing how close rescuers can get to the island.

“Ash is obviously significant,” she said after visiting with first responders. “We’ve heard reports of one boat returning with up to half a meter of ash.”

UK High Commissioner to NZ, Laura Clark, confirmed on Twitter that two British women were among the injured in hospital.

GRAPHIC: Volcanic Eruption in New Zealand, click tmsnrt.rs/38iBpyN

‘A DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN’

‘Whakaari’, as it is known in the Maori language, is New Zealand’s most-active cone volcano, built up by continuous volcanic activity over the past 150,000 years, according to GeoNet.

About 70% of the island is under the sea, making the massive volcanic structure the largest in New Zealand.

Ray Cas, a professor emeritus at Monash University, said the island “has been a disaster waiting to happen for many years”.

“Having visited it twice, I have always felt that it was too dangerous to allow the daily tour groups that visit the uninhabited island volcano by boat and helicopter,” Cas said in comments published by the Australian Science Media Centre.

GeoNet raised the alert level for the volcano in November because of an increase in volcanic activity. The volcano’s last fatal eruption was in 1914, when it killed 12 sulfur miners. There was a short-lived eruption in April 2016.

Yet daily tours bring more than 10,000 visitors to the volcano every year. One from a 16-deck cruise liner, Ovation of the Seas, was there at the time.

Royal Caribbean confirmed late on Monday that several passengers from the ship were on a day trip to the island but did not provide further information.

Janet Urey, 61, a nurse from Richmond, Virginia, said her son Matthew, 36, was injured in the eruption while on honeymoon.

“The phone rang at midnight. Then I heard a voicemail come on. It was my son. He said, ‘Mom … this is not a joke. A volcano erupted while we were on the island. We’re at the hospital with severe burns.’”

Urey said she was frustrated by the lack of information from the cruise ship he was on and from authorities.

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“I have not heard a word from the cruise people,” she said.

(The story corrects to remove reference to ownership in par 17)

Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield in Whakatane and Praveen Menon in Wellington, additional reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Writing by Jane Wardell; Editing by Lincoln Feast.

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What the newly released Checkra1n jailbreak means for iDevice security

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Dec
9
What the newly released Checkra1n jailbreak means for iDevice security

It has been a week since the release of Checkra1n, the world’s first jailbreak for devices running Apple’s iOS 13. Because jailbreaks are so powerful and by definition disable a host of protections built into the OS, many people have rightly been eyeing Checkra1n—and the Checkm8 exploit it relies on—cautiously. What follows is a list of pros and cons for readers to ponder, with a particular emphasis on security.

The good

First, Checkra1n is extremely reliable and robust, particularly for a tool that’s still in beta mode. It jailbreaks a variety of older iDevices quickly and reliably. It also installs an SSH server and other utilities, a bonus that makes the tool ideal for researchers and hobbyists who want to dig into the internals of their devices.

“I expected it to be a little rougher around the edges for the first release,” Ryan Stortz, an iOS security expert and principal security researcher at the firm Trail of Bits, said in an interview. “It’s really nice to be able to install a new developer beta on your development iPhone and have all your tooling work out of the box. It makes testing Apple’s updates much much easier.”

Another benefit of Checkra1n is that it promises to work reliably on a wide array of hardware. Those models include devices from the iPhone 5s all the way to the iPhone X running iOS 12.3 or later. (At the moment, the Checkra1n beta doesn’t support the iPad Air 2, first generation iPad Pro, and fifth generation iPad. Users may also experience problems when running this beta on the iPhone 5s, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3. These incompatibilities will likely be fixed in time, as new Checkra1n updates become available.)

Also significant, Checkm8-based jailbreaks will work permanently on these devices. Unlike most jailbreaks, which exploit vulnerabilities in iOS, Checkm8 targets a flaw in the Boot ROM, which is the first code that runs when an iDevice is turned on. This code is burned into the hardware itself and can’t be patched. This is the reason Checkra1n will work with every new release of iOS over the lifetime of a vulnerable phone.

This means that people can continue to enjoy the benefits and security fixes available in new iOS releases without losing the ability to jailbreak their devices (new versions of iOS inevitably fix jailbreaking vulnerabilities). This is a far cry from jailbreaks over the past decade that forced users to run outdated versions of iOS. The last time a jailbreak targeted the Boot ROM was in 2010 when hacker George Hotz (aka Geohot) developed one for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.

Checkra1n is also helpful because it makes it painfully obvious it has been used. A large Checkra1n logo displays during bootup. And the home screen will include the Cydia and Checkra1n apps, neither of which appear when an iDevice runs normally.

And like all Checkm8-based jailbreaks, Checkra1n requires physical access to the vulnerable device and a reboot, which means user data and Touch ID and Face ID are inaccessible until the next time a PIN is entered to unlock the device. This means that remote exploits aren’t possible.

The bad

Checkm8-based jailbreaks, including Checkra1n, come with some notable limitations that many jailbreaking enthusiasts consider deal-breakers. First, Checkm8 doesn’t work on iDevices introduced in the past two years, specifically those with A12 and A13 CPUs. That limits the jailbreak to older devices, most of which—but not all—are no longer sold in retail outlets.

The other major limitation is that Checkm8-based jailbreaks are “tethered,” meaning they don’t survive a reboot. Each time the device is restarted, it must first be connected to a Mac—eventually Windows versions of Checkra1n are expected—and jailbroken all over again. Untethered jailbreaks, by contrast, are much more popular because they allow iDevices to boot normally, without being connected to a computer each time.

Another drawback to any jailbreak is that it’s an inevitably risky thing, since it unbinds an iDevice from the protections and quality assurances Apple has painstakingly built into iOS over more than a decade. Apple warns here that jailbreaking can “cause security vulnerabilities, instability, shortened battery life, and other issues.” The stakes are raised further by the beta status of Checkra1n. The Checkra1n website warns: “This release is an early beta preview and as such should not be installed on a primary device. We strongly recommend proceeding with caution.”

Then there are the risks of error by inexperienced users who are drawn to Checkra1n’s reliability, robustness, and its promise to work—on older devices, anyway—in perpetuity.

“The biggest threat from Checkra1n is how easily a non-technical user can jailbreak their device, which then leaves it vulnerable to additional attacks,” Christoph Hebeisen, head of security research at mobile security provider Lookout, said. One protection that Checkra1n deactivates is the iOS sandbox, which cordons off sensitive parts of iOS from the apps it runs. The risk is heightened by the ability of jailbroken devices to run any app. Normally iPhones and iPads can run only apps that are available in the App Store, which vets submissions for security and stability before allowing them in.

One other warning: the site checkrain[.]com is an imposter site that installs a malicious profile onto the end-user device. Readers should steer clear.

The (more subtly) bad

There’s a more subtle threat posed by Checkra1n’s ease in almost completely unpairing a device from the protections that have made iOS arguably the world’s most secure OS. As noted earlier, it would be hard for someone to use this jailbreak maliciously against someone else. But Stortz, the iOS security expert at Trail of Bits, said that Checkra1n’s release demonstrates just how powerful it could be should its capabilities fall into the wrong hands.

“The threat is more real now because a sophisticated exploit is available to everyone,” he said. He went on to theorize cases of attackers reverse-engineering Checkra1n and combining its jailbreaking capabilities with rootkits or other malicious code. All attackers might need to use this malicious Checkra1n-derived jailbreak is very brief access to an iDevice. This type of attack could covertly steal text messages, login credentials, cryptographic keys, and all kinds of other sensitive data. These attacks would be particularly effective against iPhones and iPads that don’t use fingerprints or face scans for unlocking. He explained:

Checkm8 allows someone to undermine the trust of the iOS secure boot chain. Checkra1n makes it easy to do. It’s true that checkra1n puts a nice logo on it and installs development tools, but that doesn’t need to happen. Someone will modify checkra1n to remove the logo and install a rootkit instead. [In that scenario] having a PIN-only passcode is a poor choice. You’ll pick up your phone [after Checkra1n is surreptitiously installed] and unlock it, allowing the rootkit full access to your personal data.

It has been possible to create this type of malicious jailbreak since late September, when the Checkm8 exploit became public. But that kind of attack required huge amounts of time and skill. Now, Stortz said, “no one would do that when Checkra1n exists and is so well done.”

The take-away from the sort of scenario Stortz hypothesizes is this: for journalists, dissidents, and other high-value targets who use iOS devices and can afford to, it’s best to use hardware that has an A12 or higher CPU. An iDevice introduced in the past two years will ensure that it’s safe from Checkra1n-derived attacks at border crossings, in hotel rooms, or in other situations that involve brief separations.

For iOS users who can’t afford a newer iPhone or iPad, using Touch ID or Face ID can lower the chances of malicious jailbreaks since users can be tipped off that something is amiss if the iDevice unexpectedly requires a PIN. And whenever the device has been out of the user’s control, even briefly—or users suspect anything else is amiss—they should reboot it.

This level of scrutiny is probably overkill for most users of vulnerable iPhones and iPads. Unfortunately, for users belonging to more targeted groups, these precautions are a natural consequence of a post-Checkra1n era.

BCB hoping to gain clarity on Pakistan tour this week

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Dec
9

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will know later this week whether the Bangladesh government will allow them to send the men’s team to Pakistan for a full tour in January, according to chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury. The decision to tour hinges on security assessments, which will be determined by the government, apart from the board’s own security team which has submitted a report recently.

Chowdhury was responding to a question posed about the Pakistan Cricket Board’s proposal to play a day-night Test during the tour. He said that the decision to play the day-night game is secondary for them currently.

“Before discussing the proposal to play day-night Test, we are awaiting the government directive because of the security issue in Pakistan,” Chowdhury was quoted as saying by Kaler Kantho. “We will need the government’s permission. We have to first see if we can go on this tour. We don’t have much time as the tour is scheduled for next month. We are hopeful that we can clear our position on the tour this week. We will know if we are going to Pakistan or not.”

ESPNcricinfo has learnt that the BCB are not quite keen on playing another day-night Test without giving the players enough match practice with the pink ball under lights. The current schedule would not allow the senior team time to prepare separately for pink-ball cricket, as the BPL ends on January 17.

The tour is scheduled for three T20Is from January 23, and the Test series has to finish before the PSL that is scheduled to begin on February 20, so like their maiden pink-ball Test in India last month, Bangladesh are unlikely to get an extra practice match before the proposed Pakistan day-night Test.

On the other hand, the PCB has been experimenting with day-night first-class cricket for the last eight years starting with the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in 2011, which was played with an orange ball in Karachi, and their Test side has played four day-night matches.

Simmons anchors chase as Windies level series against India

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Dec
9

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – West Indies opener Lendl Simmons smashed a breezy 67 not out to help secure a series-levelling eight-wicket victory over India in the second Twenty20 International on Sunday.

After restricting the hosts to 170-7, the tourists’ big-hitting top order clobbered 12 sixes, compared to India’s five, and chased down the target with nine balls to spare.

India lost Rohit Sharma and fellow opener KL Rahul cheaply after West Indies captain Kieron Pollard won the toss and elected to field.

Shivam Dube revived the hosts with his maiden fifty in Twenty20 Internationals, clobbering four sixes, including three in a Pollard over.

The left-hander made 54 before throwing his wicket away.

Rishabh Pant made 33 not out but most of the Indian batsmen struggled against the clever change of pace by the West Indian bowlers and settled for a sub-200 total.

Kesrick Williams dismissed Virat Kohli for 19, winning his duel with the India captain who mimicked the bowler’s box-ticking celebration on Friday.

Simmons and fellow opener Evin Lewis (40) put on 73 runs to give West Indies a strong start, both benefiting from India’s unusually sloppy catching at Thiruvananthapuram’s Greenfield International Stadium.

Kohli took a spectacular catch near the rope to send back Shimron Hetmyer but Simons and Nicholas Pooran, who made 38 out, batted sensibly, completing the victory with minimum fuss.

Mumbai hosts the third and final Twenty20 International on Wednesday before the teams clash in a three-match one-day series.

Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Toby Davis

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What the newly released Checkra1n jailbreak means for iDevice security

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Dec
8
What the newly released Checkra1n jailbreak means for iDevice security

It has been a week since the release of Checkra1n, the world’s first jailbreak for devices running Apple’s iOS 13. Because jailbreaks are so powerful and by definition disable a host of protections built into the OS, many people have rightly been eyeing Checkra1n—and the Checkm8 exploit it relies on—cautiously. What follows is a list of pros and cons for readers to ponder, with a particular emphasis on security.

The good

First, Checkra1n is extremely reliable and robust, particularly for a tool that’s still in beta mode. It jailbreaks a variety of older iDevices quickly and reliably. It also installs an SSH server and other utilities, a bonus that makes the tool ideal for researchers and hobbyists who want to dig into the internals of their devices.

“I expected it to be a little rougher around the edges for the first release,” Ryan Stortz, an iOS security expert and principal security researcher at the firm Trail of Bits, said in an interview. “It’s really nice to be able to install a new developer beta on your development iPhone and have all your tooling work out of the box. It makes testing Apple’s updates much much easier.”

Another benefit of Checkra1n is that it promises to work reliably on a wide array of hardware. Those models include devices from the iPhone 5s all the way to the iPhone X running iOS 12.3 or later. (At the moment, the Checkra1n beta doesn’t support the iPad Air 2, first generation iPad Pro, and fifth generation iPad. Users may also experience problems when running this beta on the iPhone 5s, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3. These incompatibilities will likely be fixed in time, as new Checkra1n updates become available.)

Also significant, Checkm8-based jailbreaks will work permanently on these devices. Unlike most jailbreaks, which exploit vulnerabilities in iOS, Checkm8 targets a flaw in the Boot ROM, which is the first code that runs when an iDevice is turned on. This code is burned into the hardware itself and can’t be patched. This is the reason Checkra1n will work with every new release of iOS over the lifetime of a vulnerable phone.

This means that people can continue to enjoy the benefits and security fixes available in new iOS releases without losing the ability to jailbreak their devices (new versions of iOS inevitably fix jailbreaking vulnerabilities). This is a far cry from jailbreaks over the past decade that forced users to run outdated versions of iOS. The last time a jailbreak targeted the Boot ROM was in 2010 when hacker George Hotz (aka Geohot) developed one for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.

Checkra1n is also helpful because it makes it painfully obvious it has been used. A large Checkra1n logo displays during bootup. And the home screen will include the Cydia and Checkra1n apps, neither of which appear when an iDevice runs normally.

And like all Checkm8-based jailbreaks, Checkra1n requires physical access to the vulnerable device and a reboot, which means user data and Touch ID and Face ID are inaccessible until the next time a PIN is entered to unlock the device. This means that remote exploits aren’t possible.

The bad

Checkm8-based jailbreaks, including Checkra1n, come with some notable limitations that many jailbreaking enthusiasts consider deal-breakers. First, Checkm8 doesn’t work on iDevices introduced in the past two years, specifically those with A12 and A13 CPUs. That limits the jailbreak to older devices, most of which—but not all—are no longer sold in retail outlets.

The other major limitation is that Checkm8-based jailbreaks are “tethered,” meaning they don’t survive a reboot. Each time the device is restarted, it must first be connected to a Mac—eventually Windows versions of Checkra1n are expected—and jailbroken all over again. Untethered jailbreaks, by contrast, are much more popular because they allow iDevices to boot normally, without being connected to a computer each time.

Another drawback to any jailbreak is that it’s an inevitably risky thing, since it unbinds an iDevice from the protections and quality assurances Apple has painstakingly built into iOS over more than a decade. Apple warns here that jailbreaking can “cause security vulnerabilities, instability, shortened battery life, and other issues.” The stakes are raised further by the beta status of Checkra1n. The Checkra1n website warns: “This release is an early beta preview and as such should not be installed on a primary device. We strongly recommend proceeding with caution.”

Then there are the risks of error by inexperienced users who are drawn to Checkra1n’s reliability, robustness, and its promise to work—on older devices, anyway—in perpetuity.

“The biggest threat from Checkra1n is how easily a non-technical user can jailbreak their device, which then leaves it vulnerable to additional attacks,” Christoph Hebeisen, head of security research at mobile security provider Lookout, said. One protection that Checkra1n deactivates is the iOS sandbox, which cordons off sensitive parts of iOS from the apps it runs. The risk is heightened by the ability of jailbroken devices to run any app. Normally iPhones and iPads can run only apps that are available in the App Store, which vets submissions for security and stability before allowing them in.

One other warning: the site checkrain[.]com is an imposter site that installs a malicious profile onto the end-user device. Readers should steer clear.

The (more subtly) bad

There’s a more subtle threat posed by Checkra1n’s ease in almost completely unpairing a device from the protections that have made iOS arguably the world’s most secure OS. As noted earlier, it would be hard for someone to use this jailbreak maliciously against someone else. But Stortz, the iOS security expert at Trail of Bits, said that Checkra1n’s release demonstrates just how powerful it could be should its capabilities fall into the wrong hands.

“The threat is more real now because a sophisticated exploit is available to everyone,” he said. He went on to theorize cases of attackers reverse-engineering Checkra1n and combining its jailbreaking capabilities with rootkits or other malicious code. All attackers might need to use this malicious Checkra1n-derived jailbreak is very brief access to an iDevice. This type of attack could covertly steal text messages, login credentials, cryptographic keys, and all kinds of other sensitive data. These attacks would be particularly effective against iPhones and iPads that don’t use fingerprints or face scans for unlocking. He explained:

Checkm8 allows someone to undermine the trust of the iOS secure boot chain. Checkra1n makes it easy to do. It’s true that checkra1n puts a nice logo on it and installs development tools, but that doesn’t need to happen. Someone will modify checkra1n to remove the logo and install a rootkit instead. [In that scenario] having a PIN-only passcode is a poor choice. You’ll pick up your phone [after Checkra1n is surreptitiously installed] and unlock it, allowing the rootkit full access to your personal data.

It has been possible to create this type of malicious jailbreak since late September, when the Checkm8 exploit became public. But that kind of attack required huge amounts of time and skill. Now, Stortz said, “no one would do that when Checkra1n exists and is so well done.”

The take-away from the sort of scenario Stortz hypothesizes is this: for journalists, dissidents, and other high-value targets who use iOS devices and can afford to, it’s best to use hardware that has an A12 or higher CPU. An iDevice introduced in the past two years will ensure that it’s safe from Checkra1n-derived attacks at border crossings, in hotel rooms, or in other situations that involve brief separations.

For iOS users who can’t afford a newer iPhone or iPad, using Touch ID or Face ID can lower the chances of malicious jailbreaks since users can be tipped off that something is amiss if the iDevice unexpectedly requires a PIN. And whenever the device has been out of the user’s control, even briefly—or users suspect anything else is amiss—they should reboot it.

This level of scrutiny is probably overkill for most users of vulnerable iPhones and iPads. Unfortunately, for users belonging to more targeted groups, these precautions are a natural consequence of a post-Checkra1n era.

‘Unplayable’ MCG pitch was a ‘genuine’ risk to players

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Dec
8

Both captains agreed that there was a genuine risk that a player could have been seriously injured on the MCG pitch that forced the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia to be abandoned, while Peter Handscomb admitted comments he made last week about needing more life in the surfaces may have influenced the groundsman.

The game was suspended on the first afternoon and then called off on Sunday morning after Western Australia’s batsmen were hit repeatedly around the head and chest with deliveries rearing off a length. The pitch had started soft and divots were created, which led to the alarmingly uneven bounce.

It is less than three weeks until the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand, which will be played on an adjacent surface.

“The game’s been abandoned so it was a pretty genuine risk,” Handscomb said. “The players want to play cricket, that’s why we are here, but player safety is key and that’s where this decision has come from.”

Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis, who sustained painful blows to the ribs, underwent concussion tests after the opening day.

“It was quite dangerous and as the game went on it got worse,” Marsh said. “As the pitch dried out it became unplayable. My players’ safety is at the forefront of my mind. The right decision has been made and lessons will be learnt.”

Following the previous Sheffield Shield match at the ground, against New South Wales, which fizzled out into a draw due to rain over the last two days, Handscomb spoke about the need to bring more life back to the pitches.

“[The] MCG pitch hasn’t deteriorated for ten years,” he said. “So I think we need to start making the game accelerate at the start of it, maybe make it a bit greener like it is in Hobart, where the game accelerates at the start and then becomes a good batting wicket. But that’s up to the groundsman and see how they go.”

Asked whether those comments played a part in influencing what head groundsman Matt Page produced this weekend, he said: “I think it may have helped him. We’ve had a lot draws at the MCG and it’s about finding a wicket that can get a result. Unfortunately, he’s gone a touch too far and I’m sure come Boxing Day he’ll prepare a beautiful cricket wicket.

“Hindsight is a great thing. Unfortunately you can’t change anything that you do. I said stuff, that happens, so be it.”

Both Handscomb and Marsh offered their support to Page, who moved to the MCG after being head groundsman at the WACA. “I know Pagey very well. He’s done some really good things since coming here. He was a great groundsman at the WACA,” Handscomb said. “He has a lot of experience behind him and has a lot of time to prepare a wicket that, I think, will produce a good Boxing Day Test.

“It’s tough and he’s under the microscope at the moment through the media. He’s a great groundsman, has been for a lot of years, has worked in some different conditions and has done some great things out here.”

Marsh added: “He’ll learn from this mistake and I’m sure the wicket for Boxing Day will be good.”

While there will be attempts to reschedule the match, with such a packed season – and this being the last round of matches before the BBL – that is likely to prove difficult. If the game isn’t replayed then, under Cricket Australia rules, each side will get three points. Marsh said Western Australia would “let the dust settle” before assessing their options in that scenario.

Johnson, Corbyn wage Brexit battle in final debate before UK election

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Dec
8

MAIDSTONE, England/LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn clashed over Brexit on Friday in the last televised debate before next week’s election that will determine the path for Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Six days before Britain votes in its second national election in less than three years, the debate was seen as the last chance for Corbyn to squeeze Johnson’s lead in the polls, which mostly point to victory for the prime minister.

A snap poll by YouGov found 52% of viewers thought Johnson had won the debate.

The two leaders set a combative tone over how to leave the EU and in their very different offers for domestic policy – “socialism carried out in a democratic way” from Corbyn, or “one-nation Conservatism” that will not “rack up debts” from Johnson.

More than three years after Britain voted to leave the EU, the Dec. 12 election will determine when, how and even whether Brexit happens.

Johnson ridiculed Corbyn’s support for a new referendum in which Corbyn has said he would remain neutral, while the Labour leader said the prime minister’s pledge to “get Brexit done” actually meant years of trade talks.

“We have ample time to get on and build a new free trade partnership, not just with the EU but with countries around the world,” Johnson said in the BBC television debate.

But Corbyn countered that it would take the government seven years to negotiate a trade deal with the United States and said business could not live with the uncertainty that Britain might still leave the EU without a deal next year.

Polls show Johnson’s governing party is well ahead of Labour. A Panelbase survey on Friday showed the Conservatives extending their lead slightly over the opposition party to nine points, up from eight a week ago.

Johnson, who renegotiated a new divorce deal with the EU in October, has promised to “get Brexit done”, a slogan he has repeated constantly during campaigning to try to win over Labour supporters who backed leaving the bloc, and those who are simply fed up of the political haggling over the issue.

Britons voted by 52%-48% in 2016 for Brexit but parliament has been stuck in deadlock over the way forward. If Johnson wins the majority he says he needs, Britain will leave by Jan. 31 and then seek to secure a trade deal with the bloc by the end of 2020.

DAMAGING DOSSIER

Keen to land a blow, Corbyn doubled down on an earlier attack on Johnson, calling his Brexit promises a fraud and saying his deal would simply be the start of years of “painful negotiations and broken promises”.

The Labour leader waved at him documents he had unveiled earlier in the day, which he said showed the divorce deal would lead to customs declarations and security checks between Britain and Northern Ireland, a direct contradiction of Johnson’s statements that it would not create any barriers.

“How about the prime minister showing a degree of honesty about the arrangements he’s actually made with Northern Ireland,” Corbyn said. “It is a question of openness.”

Johnson said the document was “complete nonsense” and his team said they believed he had weathered the attack successfully.

Both were taken to task over accusations of prejudice in their parties, and questioned over their approaches to Britain’s much loved public health service and their stance on security, a week after another terror attack hit the capital.

But with less than a week until the election, it looks as though many people are still undecided and the Conservative lead, so far, intact.

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Sterling this week hit a 2-1/2-year high versus the euro and a seven-month high against the dollar on expectations that the Conservatives will win the election.

“Given the Conservatives went into this debate in the lead, they will hope the lack of a knockout blow means they can maintain this until voting day,” said Chris Curtis, YouGov’s Political Research Manager.

Additional reporting by Paul Sandle, William Schomberg and Andrew MacAskill; writing by Elizabeth Piper and Michael Holden; Editing by Giles Elgood and Rosalba O’Brien

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