Apple to Patch JailbreakMe Security Flaw

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Shortly after the JailbreakMe hack that uses Mobile Safari to jailbreak iPhones, iPads and the iPod touch hit the Web, Apple announced that it will be patching the potential security flaw the hack takes advantage of, according to Yahoo! Finance

Jailbreaking is a process that hacks iOS so third-party apps that aren’t available through Apple’s iTunes-based App Store can be installed.

JailbreakMe hack to get patchedApple plans update to patch Mobile Safari security flaw

Unlike other jailbreak tools, JailbreakMe doesn’t require a computer to handle the hacking process. Instead, users only need to go to the JailbreakMe Web site on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, and the security flaw the hack takes advantage of is exactly what Apple plans to patch.

While patching the flaw will take away the ease of use that JailbreakMe offers, it will also block a security flaw that could potentially be used for more nefarious deeds.

The flaw takes uses specially crafted PDF documents to install software on user’s iOS devices, potentially without their permission or knowledge. So far, there aren’t any reports of malicious uses of the flaw, only the JailbreakMe hack.

Bethan Lloyd, a spokesperson for Apple, said the company is “aware of this reported issue and developing a fix that will be available to customers in an upcoming software update.”

There isn’t any word yet on when to expect the security update to be released.

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12 Comments Leave Your Own

daemon

Apple software has as many secuirty holes in it as swiss cheese.

ctopher

Last I checked, my Swiss was very secure… Hey, who moved my Cheese?

Lee Dronick

Hey, who moved my Cheese?

The guy who broke out of jail.

furbies

Has anyone actually tried the JailBreakMe “tool” ?

Lee Dronick

Has anyone actually tried the JailBreakMe ?tool? ?

Probably, but they probably also click on links that tell them that their Mac is infected and to download this malware.

disbelief

........has anyone used this ??? really !!!!!! Furbies and sir harry, your ignorance has compelled me to reply to this.

Lee Dronick

........has anyone used this ??? really !!!!!! Furbies and sir harry, your ignorance has compelled me to reply to this.

So give us a list of names of people who did it. Were you one of them?

furbies

Were you one of them?

I wasn’t. I was just asking if anyone did…

Lee Dronick

I wasn?t. I was just asking if anyone did?

Of course not! You are too intelligent to remotely have your iPhone jailbroken.

furbies

Of course not! You are too intelligent to remotely have your iPhone jailbroken.

There is also the small issue in that I don’t own an iPhone (Yet…)

I do own an iPod touch 3rd Gen, and iPad 1st Gen

EpicDeezy

I jailbroke with JailbreakMe last night with no problems. A tech guy from Apple recommended that and said he uses the hack to jailbreak all of his devices.

Lee Dronick

Well Furbies there is always someone at the opposite end of the spectrum, even if what they say is just caca de toro.

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