Mac App: DVDRemaster

A few months ago I purchased DVD Remaster to rip video from my old DVD’s to copy them onto my iPhone and iPad. I picked it up as part of a bundle and was rather surprised at its usefulness.

DVD Remaster is normally $49.99 but for this weekend only for there introduction to the Mac App Store. they are offering it up for $4.99.

So if your looking for a way to watch your movies on the go this may be an option for you.

 

DVDRemaster - Metakine Inc.

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WordPress XSS Vulnerability

If you’re a WordPress blogger be sure to update to the latest 3.0.4 build as soon as possible, While no new features have been fixed a major security hole has been patched.
Basicly 3.0.3 allows users to insert comments with malicious code, the 3.0.3 WordPress only sanitizes lowercase HTML allowing a malicious user to pass bad code to obtain cookies of a logged in user.

For now if your still running 3.0.3 check all pending and new comments for base 64 code or JavaScript links and if you see some delete the comment right away.

See http://wordpress.org/ for the complete announcement from the wordpress team.

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Reset your forgotten iPhone4 SSH password.

Wonderful, I SSH’d to my iPhone 4 this morning to find out I forgot the mobile and root account passwords. Not to worry! We can fix this!

Ok this is relatively simple the only problem I ran into was that MobileTerminal crashes under iOS4 so I had to figure out another way to edit the files in question as well as come up with the crypto hashes, but lets not get ahead of ourselves.

First we need to make some backups, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not skip this part!There is a potential to really screw things up if you make a mistake and have a backup. Its easy to correct by restoring the original file. Proceed at your own risk if I outline something here you do not understand find someone who is more versed in unix to assist you, or shoot me an email and I’ll do my best to help you out.

Since we cant use MobileTerminal we need another way, head into the Cydia Store and find an application called iFile and install it to your device. Fire up iFile and browse to /etc you can do this by clicking the button in the top left until your at the root of the filesystem / then finding the etc folder and clicking it.

Now find the file master.passwd, don’t open it yet, we first need to make that backup click the edit button in the top right of the screen and select the master.passwd file, there will be a red checkmark showing you have it selected, now hit the button in the bottom right (the arrow coming out of the box). And select Copy/Link. You now have the file copied to iFile’s clipboard, click the done button (top right). Followed by the home button, (little house 2nd from right on the bottom).

Hit the edit button again but before you select anything click the bottom right button (the arrow coming out of the box) and click Paste. We now have our backup.

Navigate back to the /etc folder. open up the master.passwd file the 2 lines we are interested in are:

root:UI48wgPSS/M1k:0:0::0:0:System Administrator:/var/root:/bin/sh
mobile:UI48wgPSS/M1k:501:501::0:0:Mobile User:/var/mobile:/bin/sh

Before you go thinking you have my Hashes I’ve replaced both of them with the hash for the Password of Password1 (not my password).

To get new hashes we need to generate one, head over to functions-online.com’s crypt function: http://www.functions-online.com/crypt.html

$str is your new password
$salt is an optional string to base the hashing on, when I first learned this I was taught to use a salt of ‘Ul’ others might work but I’ve always stuck with Ul since I know it works. generate your new passwords and then get them onto your device somehow, I used http://myphonedesktop.com/ which allows me to transfer things (images, text etc) to my phone pretty easy. you could also simply generate the crypto hash in MobileSafari on your phone then simply copy paste it over, you want to replace the part between the
::’s I;ve highlighted it for you. now just save the file and SSH to your phone with your new password.

root:UI48wgPSS/M1k:0:0::0:0:System Administrator:/var/root:/bin/sh
mobile:UI48wgPSS/M1k:501:501::0:0:Mobile User:/var/mobile:/bin/sh

If it still does not work we should restore your backup from the mobile users home directory (/var/mobile/master.passwd) back over the /etc/master.passwd file and try again.

This works because most applications on the iPhone are executed with root permissions giving the iFile application the ability to edit a file only the root user should have access to. this is also why its very important to always reset your password if your going to jailbreak your iPhone. all it takes is someone sniffing out your iPhone on an open wifi and figuring out they can use the default password of ‘alpine’ to get full access to your device while its in your pocket.

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EPICWIN! – Level up your life.

In my experience I’ve found one small problem with to do applications on the iPhone. At least for me I never actually use it. and since I never open it I forget about things I need to get done. Epic Win ($2.99) fixes that, it combines your to do list with RPG style gameplay. When you add a new item to your to do list you can assign it an XP value to reward you with when you complete that item. Gaining XP causes your character to level up and gain loot. Thus encouraging you to actually work at doing the things on your list of items to do.

Check out the Epic Win Pre-Release Trailer

I have to admit I think its highly worth the $3 price tag. This little app will be sure to remind you to take out trash, Send that Birthday card and visit the Gym on a regular basis. With Epic win you get to watch your avatars stats develop based on your real life actions.

Every time you complete a task from your task lice you move forward on the quest map, every location will uncover new rare items.

Give Epic Win a try today, and start Leveling up your life!

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Quick and easy eBay auctions with iSale from equinux.

I picked up iSale 5 a while ago in a bundle of Mac software. I found it’s a wonderful tool to quickly get good looking auctions up on ebay.  But it doesn’t stop there iSale offers tools to help you out before and after the auction as well.

Before you even set up your auction iSale’s Research Assistant finds images and descriptions for the items you want to sell. Save the information for later reference or send it straight to your auction template.

After you have your template picked out and are ready to place your action you can schedule the auction to start at a later date. Why would you want to do this? My research and experience shows the best time for your action to end is Sunday evening. Why? That’s the time most people are home from work browsing the internet (and eBay) so what better way to tempt people than an auction that’s ending in an hour or 2?

During the auction iSale will keep tabs on your item even going as far to show you recent bids on the item.

Ok, the auctions over, surly iSales job is done… Right? Nope. Now iSale can help you contact your buyer, and even print a shipping label for your newly sold item.

Equinux recently released iSale express which is the quick way to get your eBay auctions up and running. Dive straight in with a simple choice of designs and layouts. Edit your text, add some photos and watch the bids roll in. iSale express is the basic alternative to the full iSale experience. Its not quite as powerful as iSale 5 but it still helps you get your auctions up quickly. And I have 5 promo codes, I’ll be giving out. What do you need to do? Post a comment telling me what you need to sell on ebay, 5 random commenter’s will get a shiny promo code for iSale express.

Check out the full Feature comparison on Equinus’s iSale Express Page.

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