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Older iPhone Owners Left Exposed by Latest Firmware


Older iPhone Owners Left Exposed by Latest Firmware

As predictably as night follows day, and Tom chases Jerry, Apple has released an update to iOS4 that patches the PDF Exploit that has been so cleverly used by JailBreakMe less than two weeks ago.

The patch takes the iPhone up to 4.0.2 and the iPad to iOS 3.2.2 - but there’s no support for the original iPhone and iPod touch. This means that the only way to secure these devices against the exploit is to Jailbreak it. Is this Apple's subtle way of forcing people to upgrade?

Indeed, if you’ve rolled back your iPhone 3G due to its sluggishness with iOS4, you’ll also be left unprotected unless you Jailbreak.

For those who have taken the Jailbreak plunge, now would be a good time to update those firmware specific SHSH blobs, and if you haven’t already installed PDF Warner, there is a patch for the exploit on the Cydia store (called PDF Patch funnily enough), which means no one else can take advantage of it on your phone now that you have, so there's no need to press that upgrade button in iTunes.

Link: Apple support page


August 13, 2010, 2:28 pm

In its advisory about the update, Apple said it applies to second generation and later iPods and iPhone Touches. A security package that fixes the bug on first generation gadgets is being developed by a programmer called Jay Freeman.


August 13, 2010, 3:21 pm

Its not even subtle with Apple anymore. They plan obselence into all their devices, and I normally have no problem with that, but news like this actually shows Apple are trying to dictate when you upgrade. The original iPhone is only about 3 years old. I'm still using mobiles from 2004. Their Macbooks with non-removable batteries, iPods with the same and even stopping firmware updates after around 1-2 years after device release. I have the original iPod classic and it would be very easy for Apple to update it to support iTunes Genius functionality, but they won't and don't to encourage you to upgrade despite the later ipod classics being identical in hardware and software support.


August 13, 2010, 4:24 pm

@darkspark88: even more evidance on what your saying is that this exploit was introduced in firmware 3.1.2, a firmare that was only supposed to be a fix to some minor bugs in 3.1, but instead introduced this massive vulnerability.


August 13, 2010, 4:28 pm

The planned obsolescence, nickel and diming, and just all around arrogance (Hey look, video calls! Like I haven't had that on my mid-range handsets for the past 5 years) is utterly unbearable to me. The first and last Apple product I'll buy is a 60Gb Video iPod, and I would have replaced that years ago were it not for the excellent Rockbox firmware.


August 13, 2010, 4:31 pm


I can see what your saying, but out of curiosity what phone from 2004 are you still getting firmware updates, that give you extra features?


August 13, 2010, 6:57 pm

@Keith: not from 2004 but my n95 seems to have all the 'features' that apple outline on their iphones features page, http://www.apple.com/uk/iphone... so that just shows that you don't need endless 'updates' when the phone comes with them all to begin with.

obviously the iphone has a little more finesse but how long has it taken to implement the 'standard' features thave have been on other phones for years and years.

remember even the original iphone that came out after the n95 doesn't get updates anymore and has been left out in the cold with no folders, MMS, ect. and now a massive security exploit.

also to your first comment the Jay Freeman patch is for jailbroken devices only (he is the guy who created cydia) and is mentioned in the article (PDF Patch) so unjailbroken devices still are very very much at risk.

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