Not that anyone expected the 1.1.1 version of the iPhone firmware to be unhackable, it’s still nice to see the hacks finally starting to appear.
The Unofficial Apple Weblog has been liveblogging their attempts all day, following the steps of the hackers “dinopio” and “Edgan”, and seem to be having some success.
It appears the blogger, Erica Sadun, has managed to get read/write access to the directories of the upgrade, and is working that method still.
A newly discovered iPhone exploit could help developers find another way to run third-party applications on Apple's device. Posters to the Hackintosh forums have discovered that Mobile Safari on both the Touch and the iPhone suffer from a one year old TIFF buffer overflow exploit that could lead to a jailbreak for the devices. Essentially, opening a carefully crafted TIFF image will crash Mobile Safari, causing a buffer overflow and allow for arbitrary code execution.
That date, the last Friday of the month, is similar to the release date of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, which had been said would debut in April 2005 and finally launched at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29.
The teaser ads posted in New York showed an open lock and a headline: either "The best devices have no limits" or "Phones should be open to anything". They must have mystified a few people, but Apple fans had no doubt what they were about: Nokia was exploiting the furore over last week's iPhone firmware update. This not only plugged a bunch of security holes, it wiped out users' unapproved applications, and "bricked" some phones hacked to unlock them from AT&T.
I never thought I'd switch to a Mac. After all, I have used PCs since I was 5 years old. I carried around my old Dell Inspiron 8000, a bulky nine-pound beast of a laptop, throughout high school, and it never suffered from any hardware problems over its five-year lifespan.
The trouble was Windows — the operating system from hell.
So I decided to take the plunge and get a Mac. I wasn't alone; in fact, 40 percent of Princeton students and faculty use Macs as their personal computers.