While the release of JailbreakMe 3.0 has resulted in jubilation amongst most users, it has curiously prompted a national panic in Germany, where a country-wide warning for all iOS products has been issued by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security.
Calling the PDF Exploit that Comex’s jailbreak uses a “critical weakness” in iOS, the Federal Office for Information Security has issued a warning concerning all iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch, claiming that all Apple devices are susceptible to malware, which can be installed on their device’s through an infected PDF file invisibly.
Clicking on an infected PDF file is sufficient to infect the mobile device with malware without the user’s knowledge” on several versions of Apple’s iOS operating system. After opening a website that carries an infected PDF file, a user’s device would be open to criminals spying on passwords, planners, photos, text messages, emails and even listen in on phone conversations.
Of course, Apple will likely patch this vulnerability sooner rather than later. In fact, they’ve already confirmed as much.
In the mean time, ironically, the only way to truly secure your iOS device against the PDF exploit is by jailbreaking and installing Comex’s PDF Patcher 2, which patches up the security hole.