updated 10:35 am EDT, Thu September 11, 2008
iTunes 8 breaks PwnageTool
Apple has taken steps in iTunes 8 to prevent people from jailbreaking iPhones and iPod touches, claims the unofficial iPhone Dev Team. The group notes that while the jailbreaking component in PwnageTool can never be permanently sabotaged unless Apple changes its hardware, iTunes 8 has been configured to detect the Dev Team's exploit, and trigger error messages if a hacked IPSW file is being used on a device. In theory, this could prevent users from syncing devies properly without restoring firmware.
The Team says, however, that it has already released a patch that circumvents the problem for Mac owners of the iPod touch, and that future patches will support different combinations of hardware and software. A "full suite" is expected to be released over the course of the next week.