iPhone 3Gs jailbreak jeopardy: Apple pwns Dev-Team's 24kpwn

If you want an iPhone 3Gs to jailbreak, be careful what you buy. The newest units from Apple have an updated bootrom, which fixes the Dev-Team's 24kpwn exploit. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wail and gnash their teeth.

By Richi Jennings. October 14, 2009.


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    Bonjour, Mathieu Hervais, ça va?

There is a new iphone 3GS Bootrom iBoot-359.3.2 around which has started to ship last week and is no longer vulnerable to the 24kpwn exploit.


This is a bad day for future 3GS jailbreakers. ... [If you] are now wondering how to know [your] iphone bootrom version under OS X, just check the system profiler while in DFU mode.

Shalom, Shalom Levytam:

Apple is now shipping the iPhone 3GS with a new Bootrom that is not vulnerable to the 24kpwn exploit. ... iBoot-359.3.2 started to ship last week. ... MuscleNerd from the iPhone Dev-Team has confirmed that the loss of the 24kpwn exploit would mean a normal jailbreak would be impossible for the time being.

Greg Kumparak explains in plain English:

For the past seven months, jailbreaking (opening an iPhone to applications not signed by Apple for installation) has relied on an exploit dubbed “24kPwn”. ... In the latest batch of iPhone 3GS units to hit the shelves, the exploit has been fixed. Unless a new exploit is discovered ... any iPhone 3GS to ship after last week will not be jailbreakable.


So, why would Apple do this? The exploit wasn’t really a security risk to the user. ... There are many, many (legal) reasons why jailbreaking is fantastic; alas, there’s one why it’s not: piracy. ... Many iPhone developers ... are reporting that 80 percent of their users are pirates.

Jeremy Sikora purrs and squeaks:

The cat and mouse game has just got a bit more interesting.


For those of you who can’t wait to jailbreak your new iPhone 3GS, we suggest you ... try to pick up a refurbished unit or try to locate some older stock. The race is now on, who will be the first to find a new exploit to take advantage of – George Hotz or the Dev Team?.

But Carmen is unsympathetic:

I just don’t get it guys. ... I’ve had an iPhone for about about 16 months now and I love it. It is not jailbroken and I’m cool with that. ... Some people are spinning this into a human rights issue.


Apple did, in fact, create the App Store to have more control, but they wanted the control for a reason other than greed, as many make it seem. They wanted the control because with it, they can create a better user experience. Let’s face it, it was much more convoluted to find apps for BlackBerrys before App World. Sure, advanced users that read blogs and truely have an interest in technology knew what was out there and how to get it, but the average user didn’t. ... The App Store was a game changer because ... every major Smartphone environment COPIED IT!

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  Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and security. A cross-functional IT geek since 1985, he is also an analyst at Ferris Research. You can follow him as @richi on Twitter, or richij on FriendFeed, pretend to be richij's friend on Facebook, or just use good old email: itblogwatch@richij.com.

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