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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. cherishzm's Avatar
      cherishzm -
      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      I'm gonna disagree with you and agree with SSputniikk on details.

      Comex (a hacker) identified the security flaw some time ago, and was trying to keep it under wraps for as long as possible- so that when released it would benefit the greatest number of users and machines and software combinations.

      A jerk (whom I won't name, but who is allegedly also A Hacker) either independently discovered the same exploit, or more likely, heard about it from Comex and other JB developers. He thought it was awesome cool, so released it almost immediately, despite the usual warnings from other, wiser devs. He chatted with Comex too, but decided that he was still way awesomer and cooler than Comex, so he released full details of the exploit anyway.

      Comex then, hacked up a JB kit (in discussion with other developers) and released jailbreakme.com v3 ASAP, so iPad/iPhone/iPod users (but mostly iPad, and mostly iPad v2) could get some use out of the flaw before Apple patched it.


      Comex made the best move he could, under the circumstances. But the ones who forced his hand were pretty boneheaded. And no, they don't typically expect it coming, or much care if it does.
      This jailbreak benefited mostly iPad 2 users, because other methods of jailbreak were available to all other devices but iPad 2. Yes, the other JB methods are little more complicated and may require some skills, but it could be done.

      Anyway, it's really awesome that we can JB by clicking a button. I remember when I was able to jailbreak my iPhone 4 first time when jailbreakme.com first came out. I could not believe it can be done this simple. These hackers are geniuses.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by raduga View Post
      I'm gonna disagree with you and agree with SSputniikk on details.

      Comex (a hacker) identified the security flaw some time ago, and was trying to keep it under wraps for as long as possible- so that when released it would benefit the greatest number of users and machines and software combinations.

      A jerk (whom I won't name, but who is allegedly also A Hacker) either independently discovered the same exploit, or more likely, heard about it from Comex and other JB developers. He thought it was awesome cool, so released it almost immediately, despite the usual warnings from other, wiser devs. He chatted with Comex too, but decided that he was still way awesomer and cooler than Comex, so he released full details of the exploit anyway.

      Comex then, hacked up a JB kit (in discussion with other developers) and released jailbreakme.com v3 ASAP, so iPad/iPhone/iPod users (but mostly iPad, and mostly iPad v2) could get some use out of the flaw before Apple patched it.
      Since I have no idea what goes on behind the scenes in the jailbreak community I have no choice but to concede victory to you. This exploit will obviously always work on 4.3.3, so I guess instead of releasing the jailbreak now, we could have been urged to simply back up the SHSH blobs in case Apple did patch it with the release of iOS 5.
    1. sirbebe's Avatar
      sirbebe -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      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!

      **** a day short but never a dollar short they got over 80 billion in cash lol
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by AUZambo View Post
      Since I have no idea what goes on behind the scenes in the jailbreak community I have no choice but to concede victory to you. This exploit will obviously always work on 4.3.3, so I guess instead of releasing the jailbreak now, we could have been urged to simply back up the SHSH blobs in case Apple did patch it with the release of iOS 5.
      Theres already a patch for the exploit in cydia lol