JailbreakMe.com is a website that allows iPhone, iPod and iPad users to easily jailbreak their devices—which means it allows users to download applications that do not come from the Apple App Store. Unfortunately, it also exploits a PDF vulnerability in the mobile Safari web browser—but the exploit may serve prove a larger point.
Apple's walled garden has failed, says ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes. In a Thursday blog, he notes that the jailbreak community already has a patch for the PDF vulnerability—days ahead of the official patch from Apple. He concludes, "This means that the minority who jailbreak their devices are offered protection from this vulnerability, while millions who don’t jailbreak are left waiting on Apple for a fix." In other words, in this particular case, it is better to go against Apple's security policy and have a jailbroken iPhone.Read More
A mere month after its release, Apple's iPad can now easily be "jailbroken" using readily available tools. The jailbreaking process became popular as a way for users to hack their own iPhones in order to control previously limited aspects of the device such as home screen backgrounds, installation of third party apps and modem tethering to PCs. Although the jailbreak process essentially voids the device's warranty, some users will prefer the added tweak-ability of their jailbroken iPads to Apple's proprietary software.Read More
Current estimates show that 6% to 8% of iPhones are "jailbroken," meaning their operating systems have been modified to run otherwise unsupported code. And with over 21 million iPhones sold, an estimated 1-2 million iPhones are jailbroken, and now they're all potential targets of a new worm that could put sensitive data in the hands of hackers. The worm, known as "iPhone/Privacy.A," exploits a vulnerability in jailbroken iPhones whose owners have not changed their default root passwords.Read More