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  • Big Surprise, Apple Plans to Fix JailbreakMe PDF Exploit in Next iOS Update



    Turns out JailbreakMe's run will be short lived. Like abandoned-toy-yorkie short lived.

    JailbreakMe relies on a PDF exploit and according to the Associated Press an Apple spokesperson informed them that Apple is "aware of this reported issue and developing a fix that will be available to customers in an upcoming software update."

    Granted the JailbreakMe process uses an exploit that Apple was likely to change anyway, but can't Cupertino just let us be? Seriously, how long did we patiently (or impatiently) wait for an iPad 2 jailbreak. How much easier could jailbreaking a device be than visiting a website and pushing a button. I sure am glad Apple is "developing a fix that will be available to customers," though.

    Soon it'll be back to the drawing board when iOS 5 comes out. iPhone users will likely not have to wait very long after iOS 5's release for a jailbreak, but iPad 2 users could be left out in the cold, cold world or jailbreaklessness for a long time again.

    Enjoy it while you can people. Unless of course you choose to never update your firmware again or upgrade to iOS 5. In which case, more power to you.

    Source: Associate Press
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Big Surprise, Apple Plans to Fix JailbreakMe PDF Exploit in Next iOS Update started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. iSteed's Avatar
      iSteed -
      Everyone with an iPad 2 better hurrry and jump on this while you can
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Interesting how Apple only discovers these exploits and security holes and tries to fix them only after the jailbreak community discovers them and uses them to our advantage. Silly Apple!
    1. jbardi's Avatar
      jbardi -
      Quote Originally Posted by iSteed View Post
      Everyone with an iPad 2 better hurrry and jump on this while you can
      What are you talking about? This isn't time sensitive. JailbreakMe.com will always work for 4.3.3, so it is not like once Apple releases 4.3.4 that JailbreakMe.com stops working on 4.3.3. The only time sensitive thing is backing up 4.3.3 SHSH blobs for restores or idiots the upgrade to 4.3.4 in the first place.
    1. nixus's Avatar
      nixus -
      Quote Originally Posted by jbardi View Post
      What are you talking about? This isn't time sensitive. JailbreakMe.com will always work for 4.3.3, so it is not like once Apple releases 4.3.4 that JailbreakMe.com stops working on 4.3.3. The only time sensitive thing is backing up 4.3.3 SHSH blobs for restores or idiots the upgrade to 4.3.4 in the first place.

      Not completely true in case of ipad 2 With 3G, when SHSH blobs are generated randomly each time the firmware upgrade is done
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nixus View Post
      Not completely true in case of ipad 2 With 3G, when SHSH blobs are generated randomly each time the firmware upgrade is done
      What...!!!!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by javiert30 View Post
      What...!!!!
      See SHSH restores to end?
    1. Zelaya's Avatar
      Zelaya -
      Can't wait to get home and pull the trigger....but I think frash won't work.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I really didn't see this coming...
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      It was inevitable...
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jbardi View Post
      What are you talking about? This isn't time sensitive. JailbreakMe.com will always work for 4.3.3, so it is not like once Apple releases 4.3.4 that JailbreakMe.com stops working on 4.3.3. The only time sensitive thing is backing up 4.3.3 SHSH blobs for restores or idiots the upgrade to 4.3.4 in the first place.
      Actually it is time sensitive for those without an iPad. If they're planing to buy an iPad, they better do it fast because otherwise it will come with a stock iOS firmware that will make jailbreakme.com useless.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      What I don't understand is how Apple can let this one slip by to begin with considering it was virtually the same exploit used in 4.0.
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      better save my ssh... freaking apple.freak u through hell
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by AUZambo View Post
      What I don't understand is how Apple can let this one slip by to begin with considering it was virtually the same exploit used in 4.0.
      It's not the same. And Apple doesn't want a security flaw left in the system.
    1. mrrippey's Avatar
      mrrippey -
      unless there is a way for my Good Enterprise to work while jailbroken, I am unfortunately not going to jailbreak my iPad 2, my iPhone 4 however will always be jailbroken (just for MyWi) but very useful and needed....
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Apple is always a day late and dollar short. I just can't believe they found another PDF exploit.

      Worked on my 1st Gen iPad. Had to do a fresh restore though. I updated normally and it would not jailbreak, probably because i was already JB on 4.2.1. All is good now, great job everyone involved!
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      It's not the same. And Apple doesn't want a security flaw left in the system.
      Yeah...I figured they weren't exactly the same, but they are both PDF exploits that are executed within mobile safari. To me, that's close enough to being the same that it surprised me that Apple let this one slip by them.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Is the author of this news post completely oblivious? If it can be used to execute a Jailbreak, it can be used to execute a virus just the same. That's EXACTLY why they said to install the PDF exploit patch as soon as you JB. If Apple doesn't fix it ASAP, EVERY SINGLE DEVICE is at risk from malicious websites. All someone has to do is setup a router called "attwifi" and capture any URL to pwn hundreds of phones.
    1. Lakki2's Avatar
      Lakki2 -
      i will not update my ipad.
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      no big deal. im just glad there's now a JB for ipad2. i'll just stay at 4.3.3 until there is another JB
    1. SsputniikK's Avatar
      SsputniikK -
      bad move form hackers. Didnt they expect this coming?