Monthly Archive for November, 2007

iPhone Firmware v1.1.2 Out, Already Jailbroken

Apple has started pushing out the v1.1.2 firmware to existing iPhone users.  The obvious changes bring better support for international users in preparation for the European release in just a few hours.  There is also an update to the radio firmware.  This may also be targeted at international users, but it might also bring fixes related to call reliability and quality to US users.  Time will tell.

This release also fixes a buffer overflow bug which clever hackers have been using to “jailbreak” the iphone so we can install 3rd party apps.  This is a good thing, since it’s only a matter of time before someone exploits the bug for malicious reasons.  On the other hand, it is also a setback in that it makes jailbreaking the new version more difficult.  However, there is some good news, a team of hackers have already figured out a way to jailbreak the iPod Touch using 1.1.2 firmware, which should work identically to the iPhone in this regard.  No details on the exact method they used are available yet, but it is only a matter of time before simple tools that make it easy for the rest of us are released.  We may never have something as simple as the web-based AppSnapp method though.