A Jailbreak For The iPhone 4S Could Be On The Horizon, But Don’t Upgrade To iOS 5.0.1

A Jailbreak For The iPhone 4S Could Be On The Horizon, But Don’t Upgrade To iOS 5.0.1

A couple of days ago, security researcher Charlie Miller discovered a doozy of a bug in iOS 5’s Nitro Javascript engine that allowed any app to remotely download and execute malicious, system-level code on an iPhone.

Apple was pissed. So pissed, in fact, they kicked Miller out of the App Store and Developer Program within hours of his exploit becoming known.

While most of the aspects of this bug may seem pretty dire for users of Apple devices, especially those who can’t even trust App Store apps anymore, it is great news for jailbreakers. In fact, Miller’s bug may lead to a proper, untethered iOS 5 jailbreak for all iDevices, including the iPad 2 and new iPhone 4S.

According to jailbreak hacker pod2g, who has been working on an untethered iOS 5 jailbreak, Miller’s code signing exploit will make jailbreaking iOS 5 “dramatically easier.”

There’s a caveat, though. pod2g strongly recommends that when Apple releases iOS 5.0.1, jailbreakers shouldn’t update. Why? This code-signing bug is what would be considered an extremely high priority update for Apple to fix, and they are likely to close it ASAP.

That puts people who want to jailbreak their iPhone 4S in a pickle. iOS 5.0.1 is scheduled to have some big fixes to the way the 4S consumes power, which means if your new iPhone is having battery problems, you are going to have to choose between charging more often or jailbreaking your device.

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  • prof_peabody

    The language used here is so over the top, it borders on the ridiculous.  

  • Fabrizio

    “you are going to have to choose between charging more often or jailbreaking your device.”
    definitely jailbreak! 

  • John Mozelewski

    thank god i have android phone and my ipad 2 gets good bat life

  • Munas

    Definitely not to jailbreak. Looking to the forums I could see the problems I never had. 99% of iOS devices problems are on jailbroken devices, 0.9% problems comes because of user illiteracy how to use/set the device and only 0.1% are real bugs.
    Therefore, saving few $ on apps for a $200-400 device is nonsense, especially if it leads to continuous problems later. 
    Stay officially up to date, buy apps you really need and live problems free.

  • Bansheerider350twin

    Your a tool bud

  • harmo tend

    English? What are you talking about Professor?

  • harmo tend

    There are a lot of reasons to JB and not always just to steal apps. Don’t judge. I personally JB to have more access to the system, get command line, have more customization options, etc.
    Yeah it can, and does sometimes cause troubles, but it’s kind of fun to tinker with it.

  • Erik

    The 99% of problems are because of people who screwed it up being careless. Jailbreaking itself doesn’t just magically cause problems. It just makes it easier to cause them yourself if you’re an idiot. So for anyone who’d like to jailbreak, just don’t be an idiot and you’ll live problem free as well! I sure have.

  • iDaBoss

    best combo

  • Poggy Monster

    “Choose between charging more or jailbreaking”

    EDITOR!  Fix this.  Should be choose between having a better battery life or jailbreaking.  Or charging LESS or jailbreaking.

  • Ch

    “Charging more OFTEN” works.” as it is in the article.

  • Ch

    Yes… English does border on ridiculous.

  • Jhest

    Yes I believe the border is Wales and Scotland

  • Erik

    Not to diminish the truth of this statement, but… *You’re*

  • wibblewobble

    thats not an iphone 4s in the picture, the metal banding around the outer edge of the iPhone 4s has a black breaker line just above the vibration switcher !!! 

  • Davilag33

    Battery fix go to the settings on the iPhone go to location service then kill the time zone turn it off then follow me on twitter @kino444 is working for me

  • Foo

    No, actually, jailbreakers have to charge MORE often (no battery fix). So choose between either jailbreaking your device, or charging LESS often, because you can’t have both.

  • Sean

    Even more of a give away is that fact that it shows rock app which hasn’t been around for a while haha

  • Trahamail

    That was hilarious. Borders on wales and Scotland. Omg. So funny.

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