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Apple hires a jailbreak hacker

Comex due to start internship
Fri Aug 26 2011, 10:40

FLOGGER OF SHINY TOYS Apple has hired Comex, the developer and hacker who has made a specialty of jailbreaking its devices, as an intern.

"So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple," reads a tweet from Comex as he announced that he will be joining the firm that already has taken up a great deal of his time. "Thanks for the congratulations everyone; I was expecting a more negative response :)", he added later.

Comex won a Pwnie award earlier this year for his Apple hacking efforts and walked off with the gong for the Best Client-Side Bug for discovering the Freetype vulnerability in IOS used by Jailbreakme.

He might have really proved his worth to Apple with his comments following the release of Jailbreakme for the Ipad 2 in July. In launching that crack Comex showed that he knew his way around IOS, and perhaps better than Apple's own inhouse developers and testers.

"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," he said.

"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."

Although you might assume that this is the end of Jailbreakme, this might not be the case. Responding to a tweet suggesting the crack will rest in peace, Comex said, "I'm hoping [fellow Iphone hacker] @MuscleNerd will make JailbreakMe 4. :P". µ

 

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