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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Manish Member since:

Well, your username "macUser" tells scores how much you are obsessed with Apple. This tells us the strength of Apple's Reality Distortion Field.

So it is natural, you would speak against anyone who is against Apple

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

Ah, but in Thom's reality distorted field, closing security holes is fighting against jailbreakers that exploit them. Since you can't jailbreak a phone without exploiting a security hole, fixing security holes is a bad thing for Apple to do.


How about you read the article? Namely, the part where I said fixing these holes is NOT proof for the fight against jailbreaking?

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bert64 Member since:

There was a flaw in the bootloader of the first iphone, 3G and early 3GS models which could also be used to jailbreak the phones, but only if you had a physical USB connection to the phone...

They should take a similar approach to it that google did with the nexus one, you can jailbreak the phone if you have the ability to physically connect a computer to it, and by doing so you erase any data already on the phone and lose the ability to receive support from apple.

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