Apple Patches PDF Exploit

Apple went ahead and patched the exploit that made one-click jailbreaking with JailbreakMe possible, since the security hole leaves users susceptible to much greater evils than the ability to power-use their $500 gadgets.

Apple is hustling to issue a patch for a milestone security flaw that makes it possible to remotely hack —or jailbreak — iOS, the operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch.

Security experts expect the pattern that has come to dominate the PC world to begin to permeate smartphones. Bad guys continually flush out new security flaws in PCs, then tap into them to launch malicious attacks. Good guys, meanwhile, scramble to patch and block.

USA Today

They forgot to say, “Dark knights find holes in the system and use them to give you control over your device.”  Luckily, the patch won’t stop the iPhone dev-team from continuing to do that.

@MuscleNerd: hah 🙂 redsn0w from June can still JB 4.0.2 for iPhone3G and ipt2G(non-MC) ONLY (point it at 4.0 IPSW)

Anyway, it’s probably for the best, since an exploit that allows remote control of your phone could make some pretty sensitive information vulnerable.  Probably best to update and then use redsn0w to re-jailbreak. ultrasn0w can now also carrier-unlock iPhone 4, making it usable on other GSM networks besides AT&T.  Hit the dev-team blog for info/downloads.

Follow MuscleNerd and/or iPhone Dev-Team on Twitter to stay up to date with the cat-and-mouse game.


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