iOS 6 Gets Limited Jailbreak, Apple Fixes SMS Bug

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Since yesterday afternoon, iOS 6 has been live, and Apple users everywhere have been busy updating their devices. As more and more do so, we’re continuing to learn additional news about this release. This morning, we get the latest on the status of an iOS 6 jailbreak, as well as learn about Apple resolving a long-time security issue.

The good news is that there is a jailbreak, but as is so often the case with the first stab at this sort of thing, there are a lot of restrictions. You shouldn’t be surprised to learn that this one’s tethered, but the more significant concern is what devices its limited to: there’s no A5 or A6 support just yet. So, if you’ve got an iPhone 4, you’re good to go, but users with newer devices are still waiting for a jailbreak.

Remember the outcry over the iOS SMS spoofing vulnerability? It was revealed last month that, for a long time, text messages sent to iOS devices with a special “reply to”-type field set wouldn’t display the number that actually sent the message, creating the potential to spoof the origin of texts. We were hoping that Apple would address the issue with the release of iOS 6, and sure enough, it’s reportedly been taken care of.

Source: Redmond Pie, Joshua Hill (Twitter)
Via: Engadget, MobileBurn

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