Just hours after Apple released iOS 4.1 to great fanfare, hardware hackers say they have jailbroken the software for the iPhone 4. In doing so, hackers have shown time and again that they can beat the security systems that Apple puts in place to keep control of its hardware devices.
Earlier today we told you that the iPhone Dev Team had discovered a new exploit in iOS 4.1, the exploit in the boot ROM of iOS devices was first announced by iPhone Dev-Team member pod2g. It was soon confirmed by other hackers, who said that because the exploit targets such a low-level part of the operating system, Apple won’t be able to stop jailbreakers without making significant hardware changes.
Dev-Team members say there is still work to be done to fine-tune the exploit technique and that would-be jailbreakers are best served by forgoing the update to 4.1 for now. The admonition comes after they called iOS 4.1 a trap designed to prevent future jailbreaking and unlocks.
Previous iPhone jailbreaks were resolved by releasing a new iOS update. However, hackers seemed to have found a way to make the jailbreak almost impossible to prevent. The Apple products that can undergo a jailbreak are the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Every model that was shipped since last November that now runs the iOS 4.1 operating system can undergo a jailbreak.
Previous jailbreaks were plugged pretty quickly, as Apple released patches for its software. Jailbreaking the iPhone is now legal, thanks to a decision by the U.S. Copyright Office in response to an appeal from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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