Tag: iOS 7

Encryption weakness in iOS 7 may be a big security risk

Hey Gamenologers!

Apparently we were searching around the awesome internet and there is something we need to talk about.

Apparently some security company called CanSecWest, who looks at security flaws in Android and Blackberry OS 10, while a newly – discovered encryption weakness in iOS 7 can put iOS users at risk.

So a change that Apple made to make iOS 7 more secure instead has backfired itself, and has weakened dramatically everyone’s security running iOS 7, as explained by a security researcher.

At the CanSecWest conference held on Wednesday Tarjei Mandt said that Apple made a big mistake when they changed the random number generator to make it’s kernel encryption tougher in iOS 7. If you don’t know what kernel means it’s the most basic level of an OS that controls important stuff like security.

How did Apple do it?

It all boils down to how Apple calculates randomly generated numbers used in the encryption of the kernel. If the numbers can be guessed, the kernel can be compromised!

The researcher recognised that the method of generating random numbers in iOS 6 can be improved on. The security engineers leveraged the phone’s CPU clock counter on earlier versions of iOS, Mandt said.

It’s not very good, but still somewhat unpredictable, Mandt said.

The problem is in iOS 7 is that it uses a linear recursion algorithm which has more correlation between the values it generates. That makes it easier to guess. Normally, you shouldn’t be able to get these values in the first place, Mandt said.

This exploit is severe, although the researcher didn’t pair it with a vulnerability. Still, that means anybody who can find an unpatched vulnerability in iOS 7, such as the “goto fail” vulnerability that was patched last month, can gain kernel level access.

Apple seems to be taking the flaw seriously, but did not comment.

iOS 7 flaw

Apple [security engineers attending CanSecWest] approached me afterwards and they appeared to be kind of concerned, Mandt said. But he gave caution that this exploit should not be underestimated, and that left unfixed, it would effectively roll back 10 years of security hardening techniques in iOS.

Well, what do you think about this guys? Does this affect you? Do you think it’s such a big deal? Leave your answers in the comments below.

Well that’s it, we guess and we hope Apple is around the clock to fix this issue as soon as possible.

So that’s it for now, and tune in next time for more news!


Apple CarPlay – iOS in the Car, the safe way

Hey Gamenologers!

It seems like Apple has announced something new with their wonderful iPhones. It has something to do with iOS 7. It has something to do with autos. It is…

Apple CarPlay!

That’s right, now you can get “almost” the complete iPhone experience in your car. Here’s how it works.

On select cars this year 2014, you will be able to get the iPhone experience in your car’s dashboard. You just plug in the iPhone using the Lightning cable, and away it goes!

Speak, tap or press

You can control the Apple CarPlay in 3 ways. You can either speak using Siri, interact with the touchscreen, or use the buttons provided in the car.

Speak, tap or buttons, Apple CarPlay

Navigate your way using the onboard Maps app

Need some aid navigating your way around London? How about Kansas City? Well with the onboard Maps app using the power of your iPhone, you can never be lost again.

Maps Carplay

Handsfree calling, now that’s the actual way

You can do handsfree calling, it’s one of the obvious points of this system. Handsfree Calling. Think about it. What kind of system would it have without handsfree calling? Ask yourself.

Phone carplay

Read your text messages and iMessages on the big screen

That’s right! The thing you have been waiting for is here! You can now read your text messages and iMessages thanks to CarPlay.

Messages carplay

Enjoy a visual way to browse music

Get the iOS look and feel using CarPlay. Browse through your music, tap and play.

Music carplay

Even apps can be used with CarPlay

Like almost every Apple device to date, you can use apps with CarPlay. Apps like Apple Podcasts, Beats Music, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Stitcher will soon be supported on CarPlay.

What manufacturers are supported?

Cars Carplay

And finally, which iPhones are supported?

Unfortunately, only the 5 series are supported with CarPlay. That means even if you have the amazing iPhone 4S, or the legacy but still awesome iPhone 4, Apple has put them out of the game and only the iPhone 5C, 5S and the 5 are supported. Sorry, 4 users.

Gamenology’s verdict

We think it will be a great game changer, and we can’t wait to see people’s reaction to this. Please drop your comments in the comments section below saying your reactions to this product and how you will think will impact your life. We can’t wait to hear from you all.

This may be part of the upcoming iOS 7.1 update, it may be, who knows?

One last thing, if you want to find out more about Apple CarPlay you can either visit The Official Apple Website or we have put together this YouTube playlist on our Techno Spotlight channel showing you everything that Apple’s CarPlay has to offer.

That’s it for now, tune in next time for more news!