Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Aug 2010 22:47 UTC
Apple Since interesting news that I'm actually knowledgeable about is still a little hard to come by, I have to work a little harder. This is something interesting to discuss: John Gruber, rather famous Apple blogger, is now arguing that Apple is in fact not fighting the jailbreaking community. Wait, what?
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Gotta disagree on one point...
by bhtooefr on Tue 31st Aug 2010 01:16 UTC
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And I'm even a massive Apple hater.

This particular fix, it really was fixing a massive security flaw.

A flaw that allows drive-by download and execution of arbitrary code as root would be considered completely and totally unacceptable in any other OS.

With this one, you could visit a web page that turned out to be a PDF, and it could execute malicious code against your will, and rootkit your phone.

While I do think that Apple should leave a backdoor open for jailbreakers, or better yet, leave the platform mostly open from the beginning, this is not the backdoor to leave, because it affects non-jailbreakers in a VERY negative way.

Not patching this would be like not updating your Java version for six months even though there's a known explo... oh, wait, Apple did that, too.

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