Apple’s Monday release of the iOS 4.3.5 update may have patched a potential security flaw for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, but it didn’t disable the current redsn0w 0.9.8 jailbreak hack.
Jailbreaking is a process where users hack the code on their iOS device so they can install third-party apps that aren’t available through Apple’s iTunes-based App Store.
redsn0w still jailbreaks iOS 4.3.5
Apple’s iOS 4.3.5 update addressed a security issue related to what the company said was “certificate validation.” No other details were included with the update.
The current redsn0w hack from the iPhone Dev Team requires a tethered connections, meaning whenever the iOS device is rebooted, it must be connected to a computer to re-enable the jailbroken state. That limitation was introduced with a recent iOS update that patched a Web-based security flaw that could potentially be used for malicious purposes.
redsn0w 0.9.8 supports most iOS-based devices, although it doesn’t support the iPad 2.
Apple doesn’t support jailbroken devices, so don’t expect to get much help at your local Genius Bar if something should go wrong.
[Thanks to Redmond Pie for the heads up.]