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Official patch enroute for hole used by JailbreakMe

updated 10:35 am EDT, Thu August 5, 2010

Apple declines to give timeframe

Apple has already found a fix for the PDF-based security vulnerability in mobile Safari, a company spokeswoman says. "We're aware of this reported issue, we have already developed a fix and it will be available to customers in an upcoming software update," a statement reads. The spokeswoman has declined, though, to say when the update might be ready.

The exploit is essential to JailbreakMe, a site which simplifies jailbreaking iOS devices. In the hands of less well-intentioned hackers however, the hole could be used to gain deep access to a handheld and plant malware or steal information. After it is closed, iPhone 4 owners will be temporarily left without any way of jailbreaking their hardware.






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  1. facebook_Kristopher

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    Joined: Aug 2010

    +3

    what if?

    so let's say you jailbreak, then upgrade your iOS, will the Jailbreak still be functional? So once you Jailbreak are those hooks still present even if you upgrade the OS?

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Re: what if?

    Apple won't let you install iOS updates on a jailbroken device without resetting it, thus re-jailing the device.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Jail......

    Even the most free operating systems need good borders to keep away nasty stuff.

    I'll keep my phone the way apple intended it, thanks! :)

    - A

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Re: what if?


    so let's say you jailbreak, then upgrade your iOS, will the Jailbreak still be functional? So once you Jailbreak are those hooks still present even if you upgrade the OS?


    It clears the jailbreak.

    Apple won't let you install iOS updates on a jailbroken device without resetting it, thus re-jailing the device.

    Not so. You don't have to reset it before updating. It may get reset, but that's a different story.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Press with a grudge

    Where's all those media types that the iDefenders claim have a grudge against apple and blew the Antenna issue out of proportion? Shouldn't they be all over this as well? Or did they realize that the public was onto them and their biased anti-apple reporting and so they're just ignoring this glaring security issue?

    h***, even the article above talks about this hole more on how it affects jailbreaking than it does on the actual security breach it is. "Hey, go to a web site, have your entire phone's contents commandeered!"

    The gaping hole in the iOS security is the kind of thing Apple is supposed to be protecting it's users from with their 'closed' system and such.

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