Analyst to Apple: Patch Security Holes
Amidst all of the recent iPhone and iPad jailbreaking developments, a consultant at computer security firm Sophos encouraged Apple to fix the holes that allow hackers to jailbreak the devices. In a recent blog post, Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley said that the company needs to patch up its mobile operating system’s security system, since some jailbreakers have “malicious intent.”
“I don’t want to be a party pooper for those who wish to jailbreak their Apple devices, but it’s essential that Apple closes this vulnerability as quickly as possible.. before it is abused with malicious intent,” Cluloy writes in a post written in response to the recent release of JailbreakMe 3.0, which uses Mobile Safari to jailbreak Apple devices and is the first such tool to support the iPad 2 computer tablet.
The third version of JailbreakMe was released this week after months of development. Cluloy said that while JailbreakMe developer Comex doesn’t appear to have bad intentions with the program, others could with similar jailbreak tools.
“All eyes now turn to Apple to see how quickly it can secure its users from this new potential vector for iPhone/iPad malware infection,” the analyst says. “Leaving a security hole like this open is simply inviting malicious hackers to exploit it.”