21 Jan 2013

iOS 6 Jailbreak in the Works; Hackers Point to Two Vulnerabilities

An innovative jailbreak that allows remote exploitation of Apple’s iOS 6 was allegedly discovered this weekend, according to IDG News Service. Two hackers said they are making progress towards cracking the latest version of the mobile operating system.

“Oh yeah! 2 new vulnerabilities in a day, chance was with us. But we still miss that initial code execution for a public jailbreak,” wrote “Pod2g” on his Twitter account. Followers have already suggested new ideas for the initial code execution.

The hacker is collaborating with David Wang, aka "planetbeing," to develop the iOS 6 jailbreak which allows installation of customizations and unapproved applications.

Wang also tweeted about his progress with cracking iOS 6. “’Made some nice progress today with @pod2g. I think I'll try to reward myself with a nap,” he wrote on Twitter.

“While legal in the U.S due to an exception in the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Apple discourages its customers from jailbreaking their iOS devices and can void the warranties for tampered devices,” IDG News Services’ Jeremy Kirk wrote. “Apple also tends to quickly fix vulnerabilities that allow a device to be jailbroken.”

Pod2g and Wang have partnered before on iPhone hacking. Jailbreaking an iPhone allows users to avoid limits imposed by the carrier. They can customize the look and ringtones, install third-party applications, and even use the device with a company other than the one from which it was purchased.