Success! For some reason, the Zipit booted right up today, for some unknown reason. For those of you just now joining us, check out part 1 of the Zipit Z2 series where we try to take this little pocket-messenger children’s toy and soup it up with Linux, and maybe even a few
attack pentesting tools. Now that I am searching around, here is another segment we did on the zipit as well.
Ok so as you remember, I was getting the message that said TERMINATE and then the device would reboot. Before that, when we were exploring the fresh zipit, we realized that they arrive to your home, already tethered to someone’s address book, which we cannot change since the Z2 is now defunct and there is no web interface to change the contacts.
The way I accessed the address book was turned on the new zipit, charged it, connected to wifi, updated, and then hit ‘cancel’ every time it asked me for a different messenger account like AIM, or whatever. When I was done, it said ‘Connecting to texting’ and lo and behold, I had someone’s contacts menu popped up with names like Lil Zach and Clare’s Mom. After a few day’s trolling, I decided it was time to move on and get to flashing once the extra parts had arrived.
OK! Now that we are back in the present/future, let’s pick up where we left off. For some reason the Zipit is booting into OpenWRT Just fine, as intended and the only thing that has happened since the entire process of last week was that I let the battery die, and then plugged it back in, and now it boots.
Turn on the zipit, wait for the message that says “Press any key to activate terminal”. Hit any key and you get dropped into the linux console we all know and love so much
Hey guys, I just wanted to update you on the Zipit Z2 project for project weekend. This morning I assembled all the parts I needed to get things going. Here is what I did:
- Formatted an 8GB microSD as FAT32 the slow way from Windows 7
- Downloaded Flashstockv0.1.2_openwrt.zip
- Extracted the Flashstock onto the MicroSD
- Turned off the Zipit by using a paperclip in the tiny hole on the left.
- Inserted my 8GB MicroSD into a MiniSD adapter.
- Inserted MiniSD adapter with 8GB MicroSD into the Zipit.
- Powered on Zipit..
- Went through the uBoot flash process, very simple; keep your Zipit plugged in.
- Got OpenWRT booting..
Then HERES where I run into the problem. I keep getting stuck in some kind of loop. OpenWRT asks for a password, I input it, and then it asks for MAC Address, and I have all of 5 seconds to input it before it says ‘TERMINATE’, and then goes to the shell prompt and then shuts down.
This is where I stand right now, and I’d like to put this down the for the weekend and think about it for next week. Maybe I will get back to it tonight.
BIG thanks to Mozzwald.com and the guys in IRC chat on #Zipit and #Zipit-dev
Hey guys! This week we will be spending our Project weekend hacking this tiny pocket-messenger to run Linux, for all of your hacking-on-the-go needs!
These little messengers are only 25$ and if you buy them in bulk like we do, they are much cheaper, and make for a PERFECT hack-and-toss device for those of you with blackhat urges.
Originally, this little device was meant to be an instant-messenger of sorts, before the whole smartphone craze happened. It is battery powered, and has WiFi along with a 312MHZ ARM CPU, which is more than enough to get a slick Debian distro going on it.
What I’d like to accomplish, is do tutorials for both an Attack-Zipit and a General-Use-Zipit to accommodate the widest audience, and make everything public so everybody can follow along, but also have a few available for those who may not have the urge to get deep into the technical side of it, and would rather buy one already made. I witnessed this business model to be effective when Darren Kitchen from Hak5.org created his WiFi Pineapple. He released the plans and the tutorial videos, but also made some available for those who didn’t have all of the parts on hand.
For those who are wondering, Hak5 did a segment on the Zipit Z2 and getting it to run Pidgin, another instant messenger, but I wanted to touch base on the subject and one-up it a little bit and introduce the first commercially available pocket-size micro attack device.
anyway, I’m starting to ramble, but I hope you guys can join us for this week’s Project Weekend on GeekBlogTV!