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Apple Stores blocking JailbreakMe.com?

updated 09:35 pm EDT, Thu August 5, 2010

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Apple may be attempting to indirectly battle JailbreakMe.com in its retail stores. Users have begun reporting problems accessing the jailbreak site from Wi-Fi networks based in Apple Stores. Rather than opening the blocked site, Safari is allegedly redirected to Apple.com.

Recent reports suggest the JailbreakMe hack is based on a PDF vulnerability in Safari. Apple claims to have already crafted a security patch, which would presumably prevent users from jailbreaking their iPhones after a simple visit to the hack site. The company has yet to announce a time-frame for the next iOS update. [via 9to5Mac]




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  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    Well Duh...

    No S*** Sherlock! Who could have imagined...

  1. DCJ001

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Well then...

    Now the kiddies will need to look elsewhere for another place to play.

  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    no one should be surprised

    with jokers jailbreaking their demo phones and ipods of course they are going to block it. Restoring/replacing those things takes time and might even mean less units to sell since they would have to get the replacements from somewhere.

  1. Jane66

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    jailbreak fight

    Jailbreaking and hacking is always rampant in tech devices as it can give the user more freedom and overcome the restrictions set by the manufacture (customization). Such as versions of paid applications are available for free download from special programs that can be installed on a jailbroken device, what's more, not only for free apps but for more cool apps - the kinds Apple doesn't approve of, and many other more apps like ifunia iPhone video converter, iPad video converter, that makes enjoying kinds of movies freewheelingly.
    To apple, jailbreaking makes users can download and install applications from outside its sanctioned App Store, which of course make apple will have a certain interest losses, violate its rule, then Fight Back are no doubt.
    But, from the user's point of view, as the iPhone is far from flawless as Apple created it, thousands of iPhone users have flocked to Jailbreak so as to solve all of the problems.
    Since copyright Office of the U.S. Library of Congress now makes it legal for users to jailbreak their iPhone in the US. I think Apple maybe need to do some change.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    DUH

    I would have done that the first afternoon.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    @Jane66

    By your rational, Android "flocked" to rooting to solve all problems.

    Thank you. Fail troll again.

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Theft?

    "Such as versions of paid applications are available for free download from special programs that can be installed on a jailbroken device"

    So jailbreaking is cool because it lets you steal stuff, which could land you in a real honest to goodness jail? I'll pass, thanks.

    "But, from the user's point of view, as the iPhone is far from flawless as Apple created it, thousands of iPhone users have flocked to Jailbreak so as to solve all of the problems."

    Jailbreaking solves "all of the problems"? That's great! Sign me up!

    Jeez on toast.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Inside their own stores?!!

    The gall! The nerve! The,.. No wait. That seems okay to me. Go to Starbucks er something.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Inside their own stores?!!

    The gall! The nerve! The,.. No wait. That seems okay to me. Go to Starbucks er something.

    "...thousands of iPhone users have flocked to Jailbreak..."
    And, as a percentage of iPhone owners, that number is?..

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    well

    If I were apple, I'd want to hide the fact that my hot and exciting device can be hacked by any nefarious person by just going to a web site.

    Of course, you'd think they'd be rushing out a fix for such a security hole, rather than lock down the one publicly known web site that uses the exploit, and does so such that user response is required to initiate it.

    Just imagine going to any web site and having your phone taken over without any knowledge whatsoever. But I'm sure the iDefenders out there would explain how it is the user's fault in going to a web site they didn't trust. As if there were such a thing.

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