由美國參議院提出的 Open App Markets Act

以為之前有寫過亞利桑那州的法律,結果沒找到... (有可能寫一寫就刪掉了)

三月初的時候亞利桑那州推動修正法案,強制夠大的 OS 必須開放其他的 App Store 以及 Payment 系統 (以當時,或是現在來看,應該只有 AppleiOSGoogleAndroid 這兩個系統):「Arizona advances bill forcing Apple and Google to allow Fortnite-style alternative payment options」,不過這個法案在同月月底的時候就被沒收了:「It’s game over for Arizona’s controversial App Store bill」。

這次則是由美國參議院 (上議院) 跨黨派的三位參議員提出來的 Open App Markets Act 也是類似的事情,只是拉到全國的層級:「Blumenthal, Blackburn & Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Antitrust Legislation to Promote App Store Competition」。在 Hacker News 上有討論:「Senators introduce bipartisan antitrust bill to promote app store competition (senate.gov)」。

第一關應該是要先讓參議院通過,在這個階段 Apple 與 Google 兩家應該就會有各種檯面上的遊說與檯面下的動作,另外像是 EpicSpotify 這些公司應該也會進去推一把...

居然在安全性漏洞的 PoC 上面看到拿 Bad Apple!! 當作範例

人在日本的資安專家 Hector Martin 找到了 Apple M1 的安全漏洞,可以不用透過 macOS Big Sur 提供的界面,直接透過 M1 的漏洞跨使用者權限傳輸資料,這可以用在突破 sandbox 的限制。而也如同目前的流行,他取了一個好記的名字:「M1RACLES: M1ssing Register Access Controls Leak EL0 State」,對應的 CVECVE-2021-30747

先講比較特別的點,PoC 的影片放在 YouTube 上,作者拿 Bad Apple!! 當作示範,這很明顯是個雙關的點:

這應該是當年的影繪版本,看了好懷念啊... 當年看到的時候有種「浪費才能」的感覺,但不得不說是個經典。

Hacker News 上有討論可以翻翻:「M1racles: An Apple M1 covert channel vulnerability (m1racles.com)」。

依照作者的說明,Apple A14 因為架構類似,也有類似的問題,不過作者沒有 iPhone,沒辦法實際測試:

Are other Apple CPUs affected?

Maybe, but I don't have an iPhone or a DTK to test it. Feel free to report back if you try it. The A14 has been confirmed as also affected, which is expected, as it is a close relative of the M1.

另外作者覺得這個安全漏洞在 macOS 上還好,主要是你系統都已經被打穿可以操控 s3_5_c15_c10_1 register 了,應該會有更好的方式可以用:

So you're telling me I shouldn't worry?


What, really?

Really, nobody's going to actually find a nefarious use for this flaw in practical circumstances. Besides, there are already a million side channels you can use for cooperative cross-process communication (e.g. cache stuff), on every system. Covert channels can't leak data from uncooperative apps or systems.

Actually, that one's worth repeating: Covert channels are completely useless unless your system is already compromised.

比較明顯的問題應該是 iOS 這邊的 privacy issue,不過 iOS 上的 app store 有基本的保護機制:(不過想到作者可以故意寫成 RCE 漏洞...)

What about iOS?

iOS is affected, like all other OSes. There are unique privacy implications to this vulnerability on iOS, as it could be used to bypass some of its stricter privacy protections. For example, keyboard apps are not allowed to access the internet, for privacy reasons. A malicious keyboard app could use this vulnerability to send text that the user types to another malicious app, which could then send it to the internet.

However, since iOS apps distributed through the App Store are not allowed to build code at runtime (JIT), Apple can automatically scan them at submission time and reliably detect any attempts to exploit this vulnerability using static analysis (which they already use). We do not have further information on whether Apple is planning to deploy these checks (or whether they have already done so), but they are aware of the potential issue and it would be reasonable to expect they will. It is even possible that the existing automated analysis already rejects any attempts to use system registers directly.

Dropbox 也要搞自己的密碼管理器

Dropbox 也要搞自己的密碼管理器 Dropbox Passwords:「Dropbox Passwords coming soon for all users」。

看起來只要是 Dropbox 的付費方案就可以無限使用,而免費版的則是 50 組。從下載頁看起來目前在 PC 上只支援 Microsoft WindowsmacOS,不支援 Linux

Come back to this page on a PC with Windows 10 or a Mac with at least macOS Sierra 10.12 to get the Passwords desktop app.

而行動平台就是 iOSAndroid

How do I use the Android and iPhone password manager?

Once you sign in to the Passwords app, it automatically fills in your usernames and passwords so you can access frequently used apps and websites on your mobile device.

從示意圖看起來有整合瀏覽器,而加密技術的部份沒有講太多,只說是 zero-knowledge encryption,先觀望看看...

WebP 的檔案大小未必比 JPEG 小...

在「Is WebP really better than JPEG?」這邊發現在差不多的條件需求下,WebP 壓出來的檔案大小未必會比 JPEG 小。

先講結論:提供服務的人可以先確認自家的 JPEG 壓縮是不是有先用 MozJPEG (壓縮率更好),然後再考慮要不要支援 WebP。

Google 在推 WebP 這個格式的時候,宣稱失真壓縮的部份可以比 JPEG 小 25%~34%:(出自「A new image format for the Web」)

WebP lossless images are 26% smaller in size compared to PNGs. WebP lossy images are 25-34% smaller than comparable JPEG images at equivalent SSIM quality index.

但作者發現 Google 之所以可以達到 25%~34% 這個數字,是因為比較的對象是 Independent JPEG Group 所釋出的 cjpeg,而如果拿 MozJPEG 相比的話應該得不到這個結果,另外也把 AV1 的 AVIF 拉進來一起測試了:

I think Google’s result of 25-34% smaller files is mostly caused by the fact that they compared their WebP encoder to the JPEG reference implementation, Independent JPEG Group’s cjpeg, not Mozilla’s improved MozJPEG encoder. I decided to run some tests to see how cjpeg, MozJPEG and WebP compare. I also tested the new AVIF format, based on the open AV1 video codec. AVIF support is already in Firefox behind a flag and should be coming soon to Chrome if this ticket is to be believed.

這邊作者測試用的圖集是 Kodak Lossless True Color Image Suite,測試的結果發現 WebP 的確比 libjpeg (cjpeg) 好一些,但沒有像 Google 講的那麼多 (這邊就不知道是不是現在的 libjpeg 又有改善),而 WebP 與 MozJPEG 相比的話就沒有明顯優勢了:

WebP seems to have about 10% better compression compared to libjpeg in most cases, except with 1500px images where the compression is about equal.

However, when compared to MozJPEG, WebP only performs better with small 500px images. With other image sizes the compression is equal or worse.

I think MozJPEG is the clear winner here with consistently about 10% better compression than libjpeg.

另外也提到了 AVIF 的壓縮率很好,不過要注意演算法會把非重點部位的細節吃掉:

I think AVIF is a really exciting development and compared to WebP it seems like a true next-generation codec with about 30% better compression ratio compared to libjpeg. Only concern I have is the excessive blurring of low detail areas. It remains to be seen if this can be improved when more advanced tooling becomes available.

對網頁的應用來說,WebP 另外一個痛點是在 Safari 上的支援度,在 caniuse.com 的「WebP image format」這邊可以看到目前各瀏覽器都支援了,就剩下 Safari 還不支援,所以目前在 iOS 上得降回 JPEG:

不過這點之後也改變了,在 iOS 14 beta 裡的 Safari 可以看到支援 WebP 了:「Safari 14 Beta Release Notes」。

New Features
Added WebP image support.


Webkit 的「反追蹤反追蹤」功能...

第一次看到標題的時候的確是 WTF 的感覺,愈來愈感覺到大戰的開始:「Preventing Tracking Prevention Tracking」。

在蘋果的平台上有 Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) 功能,但先前這個功能比較簡單,所以還是有很多地方可以被當作 browser fingerprint 的一部份分析,所以蘋果決定改善,然後在新版的軟體裡引入:

This blog post covers enhancements to Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) included in Safari on iOS and iPadOS 13.3, Safari 13.0.4 on macOS Catalina, Mojave, and High Sierra.

包括了跨站台時 Referer 的省略:

ITP now downgrades all cross-site request referrer headers to just the page’s origin. Previously, this was only done for cross-site requests to classified domains.

然後後面三個改善都跟 3rd-party cookie 有關,其中預設擋掉帶 cookie 的 3rd-party requests 應該會讓一些網站掛掉:

ITP will now block all third-party requests from seeing their cookies, regardless of the classification status of the third-party domain, unless the first-party website has already received user interaction.

早期自己做自家 SSO 的奇技淫巧中,會設計出透過 ajax 打多個不同的網域自動登入,看起來應該會需要檢查了...

iOS 上的 Yubico Authenticator App 正式支援 NFC

Yubico 宣佈 iOS 版的 app (Yubico Authenticator) 正式支援 NFC 了:「Yubico Authenticator App for iOS Now Supports NFC」,先前在九月時的說明告知了 iOS 13 的 API 允許透過 NFC 讀與寫 (先前只能讀):「iOS 上的 Yubikey」。

作業系統的要求就如前面提到的需要 iOS 13+,而硬體上需要 iPhone 7 之後的機種,之後看看市場上的反應...

iOS 上的 Yubikey

在「Yubico iOS Authentication Expands to Include NFC」這邊看到 iOS 13 上對於 NFC 類的 MFA 會有的進展。

主要是因為之前的 NFC 只有讀取能力,所以 U2F/FIDO2/WebAuthn 之類的應用沒有辦法套用上去:

Previously, NFC on iOS was read-only, which meant that it couldn’t support modern authentication protocols like FIDO U2F, FIDO2/WebAuthn that require both read and write capabilities – but now that has changed.

iOS 13 後開放了 API 可以讀寫,所以有辦法支援這些協定了:

With these recent updates, iPhone users (running iOS 13+) can experience mobile NFC authentication with a YubiKey 5 NFC or Security Key NFC by Yubico on apps and browsers that have added support.

對於主力放在 Apple Ecosystem 的人,總算是等到了...

iOS 13 與 macOS 10.15 對憑證的限制

Slack 上看到同事丟出來的,關於之後要推出的 iOS 13 與 macOS 10.15 會對憑證限制的項目:「Requirements for trusted certificates in iOS 13 and macOS 10.15」。

主要是把不安全的演算法淘汰掉 (RSA 小於 2048 bits,以及 SHA-1 類的 hash algorithm),這兩個部份相關的新聞應該不少,沒有什麼太大問題:

TLS server certificates and issuing CAs using RSA keys must use key sizes greater than or equal to 2048 bits. Certificates using RSA key sizes smaller than 2048 bits are no longer trusted for TLS.

TLS server certificates and issuing CAs must use a hash algorithm from the SHA-2 family in the signature algorithm. SHA-1 signed certificates are no longer trusted for TLS.

然後是要求憑證使用 SAN (Subject Alternative Name),舊的標準 CN (CommonName) 將不會再被信任。

如果是公開簽發的憑證應該都沒問題 (像是 Let's Encrypt,或是花錢買的那些),主要的問題應該會出現在自己建立的憑證,網路上蠻多舊資料還是產生 CN...

TLS server certificates must present the DNS name of the server in the Subject Alternative Name extension of the certificate. DNS names in the CommonName of a certificate are no longer trusted.

另外是 2019/7/1 之後發出的憑證,有額外兩個規範要注意,第一個是強制要透過 EKU 指定 id-kp-serverAuth,這是出自 RFC 5280

   id-kp-serverAuth             OBJECT IDENTIFIER ::= { id-kp 1 }
   -- TLS WWW server authentication
   -- Key usage bits that may be consistent: digitalSignature,
   -- keyEncipherment or keyAgreement

TLS server certificates must contain an ExtendedKeyUsage (EKU) extension containing the id-kp-serverAuth OID.

再來是時間的限制,接下來的憑證最長只認得 825 天 (大約 27 個月多一些),以前都惡搞 -days 3650,現在得兩年簽一次了:

TLS server certificates must have a validity period of 825 days or fewer (as expressed in the NotBefore and NotAfter fields of the certificate).


幫你的 iPhone 電話簿找到對應的頭像

前幾天看到的:「Announcing Vignette」,透過 social network 的資料,把本來電話簿裡面的 icon 更新:

透過 app store 的搜尋找不太到,我一開始用了「Vignette」搜不到,但用「Vignette Update」就可以。或者你可以透過他提供的連結直接開 app store:「Vignette – Update Contact Pics」。

這是一個 IAP 類的付費服務,搜尋是免費的,但如果要把資料更新回通訊錄,需要付 USD$4.99 (一次性),台灣帳號是付 TWD$170,應該是因為最近的稅務調整:

Vignette allows you to scan your contacts and see what it can find for free. If you wish to actually save these updates to your contact list, you must pay for a one-time in-app purchase. That purchase costs $4.99, is not a subscription, and is the only in-app purchase.

搜尋的範圍包括了 GravatarTwitterFacebookInstagram

Email is used for Gravatar
A custom network called Instagram

另外作者有提到這個 app 不傳資料到伺服器上,都是在自己的裝置上連到上面提到的 social network 尋找:

Privacy is paramount
All the processing is done on-device; this isn’t the sort of app where your contacts are uploaded en masse to some server, and out of your control.