Hell yeah, I joined the fun of the flu pandemic here in Germany. Once you start to recover a bit though, crazy ideas float your mind. For instance the idea of live upgrading or converting an openSUSE 13.2 32 bit installation to 64 bit. It is something I had waiting for me on the table for a long time. So why not? Should be straight forward, or not? Well, almost.
News spread yesterday after Bernd Marienfeldt discovered a security issue with passcode enabled iPhone devices still being accessible using a stock Ubuntu 10.04 system and now reaching major sites on the Internet.
Since those reports appear to point out that Ubuntu/Linux is “teh evil”, I’ll try to explain why this is totally false information and FUD.
The basic workflow he pointed out was:
- Set a passcode on a device
- Switch off the device
- Attach it to an Ubuntu system it was never attached before
- The device starts booting
- Ubuntu automounts the device media partition and allows access
The expected behavior is that the device would refuse to pair with the unknown system due to having a passcode set.
Now the problem here is that you can replicate this flaw with any operating system.
Last Sunday, after being in development since August 2007, Matt Colyer released version 1.0.0 of the libimobiledevice library (formerly known as libiphone).
libimobiledevice is a free open source software library that talks the protocols to support iPhone ® and iPod Touch ® devices natively on Linux.
Unlike other projects, it does not depend on using any existing proprietary libraries and does not require jailbreaking.
It was successfully tested with the iPhone and iPod Touch 1G, 2G, 3G and 3GS models running up to firmware 3.1.3.
So what does it mean for me as a desktop user?