Only hours after Apple released their updated 4.01 operating system for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, and the iPod Touch 4G hackers say they are near the point where device users can update to the 4.01 system and still be able to run the programs they want. A practice known as Jailbreaking.
Software manufacturers try to create code in their software system so that users can only run programs that the manufacturer wants and not necessarily what the user wants. Hackers relentlessly try to circumvent these restrictions to restore choice to the user and the copyright office has agreed that Jailbeaking is legal.
Steve Jobs admits that its a cat and mouse game with the hackers trying to keep them from using anything but Apple approved software. In the previous version 4.0 of the software hackers created havoc with a hack know as JailbreakMe one. Apple later released a patch for it.
This new jailbreak exploits a vulnerability in the ROM code which pre-loads before the operating system. Hackers say this one won’t be very easy for Apple to patch since it might involve a hardware fix.
In the mean time the hacker team known as pod2g has advised users of a hacked version of 4.0 not to update yet to 4.1 because if they do it is likely they will lose the ability to keep their system unlocked.
Here’s a crazy idea … why can’t OS manufacturers just let the user decide what programs they want to use instead of trying to fence off the OS and keep control after the horse has galloped out of the digital barn. It’s called freedom.