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Apple credits jailbreakers for helping make iOS 7.1 more secure

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Apple credits jailbreakers for helping make iOS 7.1 more secure
We often describe the relationship between Apple and the jailbreak community as being involved in a game of cat and mouse. Apple puts out new software, the jailbreakers find the security holes and exploit them, then Apple patches those holes. But, Apple may be trying to change that relationship a bit by actually crediting jailbreakers for their part in the process.

If you take a look at the "About the security content of iOS 7.1" page on Apple's own website, you'll see each of the security fixes put into the newest version of the iOS software along with credits for who made the issues known to Apple. There are quite a wide range of credits including the Google Chrome Security Team, various YouTubers, tons of developers and white hats, and even evad3rs. That last one is interesting because evad3rs is a big name in the jailbreaking community because it is the team that developed both the iOS 6 and iOS 7 jailbreaks. 

Of course, the page also specifically notes that "Mention of third-party websites and products is for informational purposes only and constitutes neither an endorsement nor a recommendation." And, unlike other companies like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, Apple does not offer bug bounties to those who uncover flaws, so it's hard to say that Apple is really happy with how this all works. 

source: Apple via Cult of Mac

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posted on 11 Mar 2014, 20:09

1. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Apple will never stop at killing off the jailbreaking community. Don't even get excited about a 7.1 jailbreak. This is not your platform if you like to mod.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 20:34 6

3. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Eh? Is fixing the security flaws that allowed the jailbreak unreasonable? It's no different than google fixing exploits used to gain Root access in android (which also use vulnerabilities in the OS to achieve it). Every major platform with a strong developer community has there version of "jailbreak".

With in the year, I expect Windows Phone community to grow strong enough get there version of jailbreak soon.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 23:07 3

5. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Google fixing exploits used to gain root access in Android? You have no idea what your talking about. Every Nexus device has a unlocked bootloader and root access if you know what your doing. I've never heard of Google locking down the Nexus line on purpose. Can't believe you even said that. Those are the best devices if you want a customized experience without worrying that Android is going to screw you.
I think your confused with Android OEM's and carriers like Verizon locking Android down. Crap all started when Verizon had Motorola lock down the Motorola X. Even HTC has a dev site for unlocking certain bootloaders.


Check your facts before you comment. Trust me; a unlocked bootloader is more powerful than root access/jailbreaking. You can cause real hardware damage if your not careful.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 00:26

9. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Did you seriously just call me ignorant, and then acknowledge I was right (by using unlocked boot loader has an excuse)?

Root access is not meant to be gained, hence the reason security exploits have to be taken advantage of (it's also why one method doesn't work on all devices due to different frameworks from manufactures [It's also why GPE devices aren't really stock android, but that's a discussion for another time]).

"I think your confused with Android OEM's and carriers like Verizon locking Android down. "

Thing is? That is android. More of those devices are sold than any Nexus, GPE, or stock android device. For all intents and purposes, Android is what the OEM's make it.

Also, I'm quite content with just Rooting my Android's (haven't seen a reason to flash a custom ROM/Kernel yet), and I can already make has many changes I want with the Xposed framework. I honestly don't need a custom ROM since Xposed offers everything a custom ROM does.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 05:02

10. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

I have no idea what you just said. In your first post you said that Google was locking down root access which is not true (as of today). Show me a true Google Nexus device with no root access and I will gladly give you credit. And to my knowledge even Google play editions can have unlocked bootloaders and root access. I don't care for them because you have to pay full cost.
I don't see Apple releasing a similar unlocked version anytime soon for the modding community. There are plenty of people that want to customize their phones by jailbreaking. My point is that Apple is killing the process; its all or nothing with them. Apple is spitting in the development community face by saying that crap.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 20:14 1

2. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2108; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

To me, jailbreaking is not so much about modding or customizing. It's about the little things like tethering apps that enable users to give the TeleComms the middle finger.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 23:22

6. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

To me running code or an app that bypasses the original manufacture intentions to me is considered modding/customizing. No different than tweaking OS code to make the phone run faster or allowing access to locked portions of the OS. The difference is that if you do it it's modding but if the OEM does it it's an update.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 09:35

13. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2108; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

You're splitting a hair that's thinner than anything left on my head. If you have an onboard registry editor (Windows, obviously), the manufacturer has given you the tools to make modifications, change just about anything on that device and enable carrier restrictions. By your narrow logic, a third-party app could be considered modding.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 21:17 1

4. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

Yeah unlike the other OS's and even FB, Apple won't offer bounty or bonuses to those who help the company find these bugs, cause Apple is stingy... I'm surprised that they didn't claim the findings themselves much like taking the credit from the guy who filmed the people camping out at the store for weeks before the next iteration of the iphone was released. Blah.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 00:08

7. quakan (Posts: 1398; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

That's really the hackers fault though. They basically do all the work of finding exploits for free and release them as jailbreaks. Can't expect someone to fold 'em if you've already showed 'em.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 08:03

11. Sauce (unregistered)

Apple doesn't do this, but they do invite these people onto their own ship, ready for high ranks.

Apple has hired many of the most renowned and famous Jailbreak devs onto their team.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 00:12 1

8. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

And they say they are virus free?

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 08:06

12. Sauce (unregistered)

I've had an iPhone since the OG one was launched. Never ever have I had problems.

I've had the SGS2, S3, S4, Note and Note 2(still have), and I've had two problems, one of which I had a major pain in the arse with.

Unneeded stress.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 17:49

14. wilsong17 (unregistered)

You dont know how to use android that why you need a iphone

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