Hackers have found new ways to jailbreak Apple’s iPhone, using a boot ROM exploit that will be very hard for Apple to patch, reports say.
The discovery was made yesterday, as iOS users were rushing to download version 4.1 of the software.
”Crazy timing that @pod2g got latest exploit just as 4.1 went public (lots of work left…keep away from 4.1 for now!)” iPhone Dev team member Musclenerd said using his twitter account.
CultofMac picked up on the announcement and explained that a low-level bootrom exploit cannot be patched with a firmware update, making it hard for Apple to fight off.
In fact, according to the post, hardware changes would have to be made to fix this exploit, the Cult said.
Hacker pod2g is responsible for finding the 24kpwn exploit that allowed older iOS devices to be jailbroken via PwnageTool.
The exploit has since been patched by Apple in some of its newer hardware.
The infamous iPhone Dev Team recently updated its blog to advise the jailbreak community against installing iOS 4.1, anticipating Apple’s software update release on September 8.
“Today you’ll likely start seeing iTunes innocently offer you a new version of iOS…version 4.1. Don’t accept it…it’s a trap!”, the hackers warned.
“There’s currently no known way to revert your baseband — if you update your baseband you’ll lose the ultrasn0w unlock, possible forever,” another warning read.
The Dev Team concluded by saying, “Please stay away from this 4.1 release until a safe jailbreak procedure (which also preserves ultrasn0w) is developed and released.”
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