As you may already know, the long awaited iPad 2 jailbreak have already been released by Comex as the next version of his jailbreak tool, JailbreakMe 3.0. The jailbreak userland was definitely excited and just only after 10 hours, the tool has reportedly jailbroken about 500,000 devices which includes the iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch. This jailbreak method’s popularity can be attributed to the fact that it is simply one of the easiest way to jailbreak an iDevice. You don’t even have to connect your device to a computer and with just a few screen taps, your device is already jailbroken. That and the fact that it is the first ever working jailbreak for the iPad 2.
Just after the JailbreakMe 3.0 was released and the security flaw of the iOS being broadcasted to the world, many experts were concerned that the same PDF exploit that the tool has utilized can also be used to distribute malicious content. A very critical security flaw that just can’t be ignored. So what does Apple have to say about this?
According to a report of The Associated Press, a representative of Apple said that the Cupertino giant is already aware of this particular security flaw and is already looking into the matter of fixing it as soon as possible. The spokesperson said that the exploit will be patched in the upcoming iOS update. An update that we can expect to see very, very soon.
Apple Inc. spokeswoman Bethan Lloyd said Thursday the company is “aware of this reported issue and developing a fix that will be available to customers in an upcoming software update.”
She declined to specify when the update would be available.
JailbreakMe 3.0 relies on the PDF exploit that can be downloaded through Mobile Safari so that the system can execute the jailbreak at root level. Keep in mind that this method is exactly the same that was used in earlier version of the JailbreakMe. And after that, it only took a week for Apple to patch the security hole.
If you have used JailbreakMe 3.0 to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, then do yourself a favor and install PDF Patcher 2 by Comex himself. This patches the same security exploit that the JailbreakMe 3.0 utilized, making your device more secure than ever. What’s ironic is that, until Apple rolls out the next iOS update, the only way you can protect your device from this particular security issues is to jailbreak your device and install the PDF Patcher.
We can expect Apple’s fix to come later with the iOS 4.3.4.