Apple Confirms It Will Kill JailbreakMe 3.0 in Upcoming iOS Update



Just a day after the much-anticipated JailbreakMe 3.0 website went live and over 1,000,000 iOS devices took advantage of the web-based hack, Apple has confirmed it will kill the exploit in an upcoming software update.

The JailbreakMe PDF exploit takes advantage of a vulnerability in Apple’s mobile Safari browser that allows you to perform a jailbreak by simply visiting a website. However, malicious PDF files can be loaded onto your device in the same way, gaining access to root privileges without your consent and wreaking havoc with your system.

Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security has warned that opening “infected” PDF files unknowingly while browsing the web “is sufficient to infect the mobile device with malware without the user’s knowledge.”

It’s no surprise, then, that Apple is keen to patch this vulnerability before any of its iOS users become victims of unwanted hacks.

Apple spokeswoman Bethan Lloyd has confirmed that the company is “aware of this reported issue and developing a fix that will be available to customers in an upcoming software update.” Although Lloyd gave no indication of when the update might be available, users with no interest in jailbreaking their devices should look out for iOS 4.3.4 imminently.

For those of you who want to maintain your ability to jailbreak using JailbreakMe 3.0, the iPhone Dev-Team has advised that once you have performed the jailbreak process on your device, you should install “PDF Patcher 2” from within Cydia which will fix the vulnerability.

[via The Next Web]

  • CharliK

    I love the tabloid slant of the headline. Apple is NOT killing jailbreakme. They are dealing with a potential security risk that could effect everyone that will also block the current method in the jailbreak. 

    But oh no, that won’t get hits like claiming this is all about those nasty jailbreakers. 

  • Rajiv Randev

    So, just use the PDF patch to fix the security issue and don’t upgrade your iDevice until Comex comes out with a solution.  That’s really all this article needed to say.

  • John Ramirez

    Comex is da man

  • iDaBoss

    kills them all!

  • Sambo

    Lucas, i love your comments under a lot of these articles. You cut right through a lot of the obvious bullshit on this website. I often feel the need to make a comment but then find that you have already said what I wanted to. Carry on, brutha