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Ipad 2 unlocked and jailbroken thanks to PDF exploit

But it's still a risky business
Wed Jul 06 2011, 14:52

A BROWSER BASED jailbreak service called Jailbreakme allows Ipad 2 users to escape the walled garden of IOS, thanks to the exploit of a vulnerability found by a hacker.

The jailbreak works simply by pointing the Safari mobile web browser to the Jailbreakme website, where a program is installed that does the deed. Apart from the Ipad 2, the original Ipad, Iphone 3GS, Iphone 4, as well as the third and fourth generation Ipod touch are also hackable.

But you have to take care because, as the developers themselves admit, it will put your Apple device at risk. It takes advantage of a PDF exploit, and afterwards jailbreakers are urged to download a program called PDF Patcher in Cydia to eliminate the risk.

However, the jailbreak is reversible simply by restoring your device in ITunes to wipe the device and load the backup you previously saved. And it should be remembered that jailbreaking isn't illegal.

Of course, there are security implications of releasing an exploit for a vulnerability that is unpatched, but Jailbreakme developer 'Comex' is unrepentant.

Comex said on the Jailbreakme website, "I did not create the vulnerabilities, only discover them. Releasing an exploit demonstrates the flaw, making it easier for others to use it for malice, but they have long been present and exploitable."

"Although releasing a jailbreak is certainly not the usual way to report a vulnerability, it still has the effect of making IOS more secure in the long run." µ



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