Apple iPad 2 and iPhone 4S finally fall to jailbreakers
NAKED SECURITY by SOPHOS
Apple’s most hacker-resistant hardware to date – the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S, which are built around the Apple A5 chip – can now be jailbroken.
Jailbreaking an iPhone or iPad offers numerous benefits:
- You can copy files of your choice to and from the device without limitation, and without agreeing to the iTunes licence agreement.
- You can build and run software – a lot of it free – from alternative sources, not just from Apple’s own App Store.
- You can install useful network services that Apple won’t allow, such as sshd (secure remote login) and a VNC server (screen sharing).
- If you’re a techie, you can have a lot more fun with, and learn a lot more about, your own device.
Everything comes with ~~Pro & Cons~~
Jailbreaking brings a whole slew of risks:
- Make it much easier for hackers to break into your device whilst it’s turned on. (Apple ships every iPhone and iPad with two accounts, root and mobile, which share the password alpine. You’ll want to change these if you jailbreak.)
- You might install software which makes the device unusable. This could reduce or even eliminate Apple’s liability to repair your device under warranty.
- You’re more likely to come across malicious, experimental or just-plain-insecure software by mistake.
- Critics of jailbreaking point out that the only iPhone viruses ever seen in the wild (Ikee and Duh) were for jailbroken phones.
- Indeed, if you’re an IT manager or in organization security perspective it is recommended to have Device policy allowing users to access company data from their own iPads and iPhones,recommend a “no jailbreaking” clause.
But jailbreaking is, and ought to be, a right (At your own risk, of course.)
~~Couldn’t see the risk doesn’t means does not exist~~