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Has Israeli ‘Cellebrite’ Reverse-Engineered Some/All Of Apple iOS 8.x To Unlock iPhones?

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access “patentlyapple.com” original of this article.


Click to ENLARGE and read this article excerpt here.

Not sure whether Apple and others are being disingenuous here BUT from the time I heard of Cellebrite’s involvement with the FBI to bypass the “wrong password” retry safeguards it was very clear to me that Cellebrite MUST offer this service to others.

I also don’t think that the FBI was their first client.

It would appear that they have been unlocking, in terms of encryption, phones for some time now.

In the case of iPhones they might have reverse engineered some of the iOS source code at the MACHINE CODE instruction level (as opposed to C++ code). Reverse engineering code is doable with enough smarts and hard work.

What we now need is ENCRYPTED machine code! Something that I thought about 40 years ago, while working for IBM, around the same time I came up with my software authentication scheme (which is still used today) in 1978. Think about it. SMILE. It is doable. 

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by Anura Guruge

That FBI, With Help From ‘Cellebrite’, Could Compromise Apple iPhone Encryption Is Bad News For The World.

by Anura Guruge

The media, alas, continues to misrepresent exactly what the issue was to begin with and how and what the FBI (and Israeli ‘Cellebrite’) did to get to the encrypted data.

They did NOT break encryption.

That is pretty hard to do.

What they did was DISABLE the ‘Wrong Password’
retry safeguards.

You have all seen it. Enter the wrong password to say an online bank or credit card account three times and you are LOCKED OUT. You have to call in and start providing valid credentials and explanations. Well what the FBI and Cellebrite did was DISABLE this wrong password retry safeguard. Then they could keep on trying MILLIONS of passwords a second until they eventually got the one that unlocked the data.


That a 3rd party was able to do this disabling is downright bloody scary.

Apple encryption bypass with Cellebrite by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE.


Click to access the Israeli ‘Cellebrite’ Website.


Very good ‘Infographics’ in “LA Times” on this issue. Click to access.


Click to access GOOD article in “ComputerWorld” on this Apple issue.

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by Anura Guruge

Netanyahu Not Staying For Veterans Day — Israel Does Not ‘Mark’ Nov. 11 U.S. Veterans Day / Remembrance Day.

2015redpoppybannerAnura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
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by Anura Guruge

Not sure whether Netanyahu would be been invited
to Arlington National Cemetery for Veterans Day.

But he is NOT taking any chances. He will NOT be in the U.S.
Leaving Tuesday night. Interesting.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From haaretz.com/israel-news/. Netanyahu is leaving after he speaks at the U.N. on Tuesday.

Israel, as I had found out from my friend, Itzik,
does NOT mark November 11 as Veterans Day or Remembrance Day.

Kind of makes sense when I think about it.
It did NOT exist during WW I or WW II.
So on that score it makes sense.
But I would have thought they would join the
WW II allies who in one form or other mark November 11.

Obviously INDIVIDUAL Israelis can and DO
honor November 11, Veterans Day.


Click here to access original.

This is the Israeli equivalent of Veterans Day/Memorial Day.
Yom Hazikaron



From Wikipedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yom_Hazikaron. Click to ENLARGE and read here.

“The Bridge Over The River Kwai” In The 1950s Oscar Winning Movie (Film) Is Being Rebuilt In Kitulgala, Sri Lanka.


Filmed in Sri Lanka though supposed to be set in India.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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On Friday night, at the scintillating “North Shore Acappella” concert, one of the other volunteers, always up on world news, whispered in my year, over the signing, something about The Bridge Over The River Kwai. I couldn’t hear all of what he had to say because we were standing quite close to the stage and the group was in full swing. I didn’t get to see him afterwards. But, I made a mental note to Google ‘News’ to see what had transpired BECAUSE I have been multiple times to BOTH locations — the movie set remains in Kitulgala, Sri Lanka (née Ceylon) and the ‘modern’ metal bridge, downstream where the real one used to be, near Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

All Sri Lankans of my vintage have a vested interest in “The Bridge Over The River Kwai“. It was one of two iconic movies shot in Sri Lanka, the other having been “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom“. The ‘Indiana Jones” movies is set in India and was supposed to be shot in India. But they ran into ‘issues’ and moved the filming to Kandy, Sri Lanka. All the brown folks masquerading as Indians are Sri Lankans and Spielberg, to save money, didn’t even bother to make them learn ‘Indian‘ (e.g., Hindi or Urdu). Instead they speak Sinhalese. For those of us who understand Sinhalese it is hilarious.

Anyway, the “The Bridge” is a legend though the whole thing is ‘factional’ — loosely based on real events, but it is NOT 100%. Plus, there never was a river named ‘Kawi’!


Click to ENLARGE. I made this up — quickly.


The story is in “today’s” U.K. ‘Daily Mail’. Click to access. As ever great coverage with LOTS of detail and pictures. Must read.


From Google Maps with my annotations. NOT even close. Sri Lanka, i.e., Ceylon, was nowhere even CLOSE to the Burma railway. So this was all poetic license. Plus in 1957 Ceylon was still, just 9 years after Independence, still quite “British”. Click to ENLARGE. Go to Google Maps for original.


from Google Earth. The Kelani River at Kithulgala — 5 minutes walk from the Rest House. The rocks and some concrete is all that is there. The concrete is from the movie. The rocks predate the movie. In my days in Ceylon, i.e., pre-1968, you would find Sinhalese women washing clothes on the rocks and people bathing in the river. ‘Kitulgala’ = ‘Kithul’ is a type of palm tree from which we get many uses while ‘gala’ means ROCK which is appropriate given the rocks intruding into the river in this area.

When I lived in Ceylon, i.e., before August 27, 1967, I used to go to the Kithulgala Rest House, as with all of the other, British-legacy, 30 or 40 Rest Houses in Ceylon, on a fairly regular basis. At least twice a year. I don’t recall ever spending the night there. We would typically stop there for lunch on the way to delightful Nuwara Eliya (the climatically COOL hill capitol of those days) or Hatton (prime tea estate country). I would order my de rigeur Rest House meal, Fish & Chips (British style) with tomato sauce (if they had it), and then head down to the river.

I spent the summers of 1973 & 1974 in Bangkok, Thailand while I was finishing my first degree at SwanseaKanchanaburi, those days, was a nice 90 minute drive from Bangkok. I remember going there at least twice, but it might have been more. There is a relatively famous Buddhist temple complex close by. I walked across the metal bridge each time. I had a picture of the metal plaque that is there commemorating the real bridge.

So I just want to document this because I feel an attachment to both places.


A leech.

Wow. The exterior, and by that I mean the main yellow building, hasn’t changed much. There used to be a dining room that KIND of overlooked the river over the vegetation. You couldn’t see the ‘remains’ of the bridge from the Rest House. You had to walk down, always checking your crotch for leeches! Leeches were a big problem in areas such as that and they made a beeline to your crotch. That is where they could do most damage. So if you were a local that is where you started checking. On the leg was piece of cake.


The modern Rest House at Kitulgala. Considerably modernized and restored from the one that I used to visit in 1960s and 1950s. Click to ENLARGE.

“The Sessions” About A Polio Sufferer’s, viz. Mark O’Brien’s, Hands-On Experience With A Sex Therapist Is Poignant, Funny & Profound.

sessionsflyerAnura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Click for more from ‘imdb.com’.


Brilliant portrayal of a too-good-to-be-true Catholic priest. If 40% of Catholic priests were as humane as this portrayal the Catholic church would be in much better shape. I just loved this depiction because I do know some very decent Catholic priests — even though, as most of you know, I am not Catholic.

We watched this great movie this past week. I had recorded it, on DirecTV, as is my wont. I think it was part of a free, preview movie weekend — I think it was CineMax. At any given time we have in excess of 100 HD movies on our DVR! 

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this movie. The title was intriguing. It blew us away. WOW. WOW. WOW.

Yes, it was funny and had some GREAT lines — my favorite, given my known distaste for most thing German was: “Why go to Germany? It’s the only place in the world where humor is forbidden”. But it made you think. It had a subtext to do with God and religion. I loved this line, though, I, of course, know better: “I believe in a God with a sense of humor. I would find it absolutely intolerable not to be to able blame someone for all this.”

If you haven’t seen it watch it. I assume it is readily available and I see that you can even download it from imdb.com, albeit for a fee.

It was sexy too — which I did not expect. According to imdb they goofed on the bras. That alone should make you smile.

The only thing I did not care for much was an unnecessary and uncalled for subtext to do with ‘conversion’. Came across as propaganda. C’est la vie. Made the Catholic church look good — which, these days, takes some doing.


Here is the 1990 Mark O’Brien article upon which this movie is based. I thought some of you might be interested.

What Is A ‘Reasonable Time’ Between A Death And The Funeral?

jfkfuneralAnura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

by Anura Guruge

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As some of you may have worked out from my posts, especially this one about donating your body to science, I, strange at the best of times, am incredibly strange when it comes to death and funerals. I really don’t care what others do, and I haven’t been to a funeral is over 20 years. All I care about is that I will NOT be having a funeral. I want my body to be picked up and taken away, with zero fuss, ASAP. Just one phone call. So I tend to look at funerals with somewhat of a detached manner. Recently I heard about a funeral that was being held, in this country, 11 days after the person died. That got me thinking. That, to me, seemed like a long time.

I know that there are certain religions that expect prompt burial — and I think one of them basically states that the body needs to be disposed by the first sundown. So, in that context, 11 days seems rather long.

As a papal historian, I am, of course, very familiar with the notion of novendiales [also novemdiales], the nine consecutive days of mourning following the death of a pope — though this typically starts, at least in ‘modern’ times, after the funeral of the pope. I chronicled the novendiales for John Paul II (#265), following his death in 2005, in my bookThe Next Pope 2011‘.


Click to ENLARGE. Page 314 from my ‘The Next Pope 2011’.

But, the pope’s funeral per se was held on April 8, 2005, six days after his death on on April 2.


Nelson Mandeala.

I then checked the most recent VIP — and all I could think was Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Died December 5, 2013 and the final State Funeral was on December 15, 2013 — though for reasons yet to be explained nobody got to see any ‘close up’ images of his final, resting body. So those 10 days was a good reference point.

JFK — 3 days! Wow. Three days. I double checked this because it seemed so fast.

Ronald Reagan a total of six days up to his burial at his Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA.

Gerald Ford, the last U.S. President to have died, four days — and one of those was January 1, 2007.

Richard Nixon five days.

Then, given that I do consider myself a denizen of the world, I checked some other world leaders.

Indira Gandhi four days.

Jawaharlal Nehru (who I had the honor of meeting and shaking hands with when he visited Ceylon in 1962) one day; died 14:00 on May 27, 1964, cremated May 28. Wow. But, I gather that was per religious requirements.

But, to be fair, given my nationalistic bias, the first dates that I checked were for, of course, dear Winston Churchill. I do remember, as a child in Ceylon, seeing a film, c. 1965, which I think had a title along the lines of “A Journey’s End” about his funeral. I have done a post about his funeral. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA, the largest (known) State Funeral for the time, five days.

So in the overall scheme of things eleven days does seem atypical and unnecessary.


Winston Churchill.

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