JailBreakMe 3.0 for iPhones, iPad 1 & 2 Launched
By Joseph D. Lienjdlien. Wednesday, July 6, 2011 6:44:04 PM
A new PDF exploit has been discovered for iOS devices that allows for a simple method of 'jailbreaking' which allows for a user to customize their phone or tablet in any way they wish.
iPhone hacker Comex has released a much anticipated jailbreak solution for iOS devices. This jailbreak is notable for a few reasons. First of all, it is entirely web-based, meaning that no additional software is needed, and it can be performed with no computer connection. Second, this is the first jailbreak that fully works on the new iPad 2.
Apple ships iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads locked-down to prevent users from installing applications from outside of the App Store or modifying the system in any way. Many people wish to have more flexibility with their devices, and jailbreaking allows this.
As an example, suppose someone wanted to change their default iPhone browser to Opera Mini. Normally there would be no way to do this, however on a jailbroken device, one could install the "Browser Changer" tweak and configure it with any browser they like.
Jailbreaking is legal, and has been granted a DMCA exemption in the US, however it is frowned upon by Apple. Doing this does not impair the functionality of the device in any way, and one can still purchase and use applications from Apple's App Store.
Jailbreakme.com 3.0 offers a very simple method for jailbreaking an iOS device. It works because of a PDF vulnerability in the iPhone's browser, Mobile Safari.
Apple is said to be working around the clock to release a minor update to iOS (v4.3.4) that fixes this vulnerability, however said update will also prevent this method of jailbreaking from working. Currently the only way to patch this vulnerability is, ironically, by jailbreaking and then installing "PDF Patcher 2" from Cydia.
Many who have considered jailbreaking their iOS device, but previously thought that it was too much of a hassle can now easily explore this option.