Apple credits “2012 iOS Jailbreak Dream Team” for kernel exploit

By , Mar 12, 2012

For those of you wondering whether or not Apple keeps close tabs on the jailbreak community, well, you can stop wondering. The company directly refers to jailbreakers on its new iOS 5.1 security content page.

As most of you know, Apple patched the exploits used in both the Corona and Absinthe jailbreak tools in the software update. And apparently, it’s aware of exactly who is responsible for creating them…

Apple credits the “2012 iOS Jailbreak Dream Team” with finding a kernel exploit that is patched in iOS 5.1. Here’s a full breakdown of the bug:

“Available for: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation) and later, iPad, iPad 2

Impact: a malicious program could bypass sandbox restrictions

Description: A logic issue existed in the handling of debug system calls. This may allow a malicious program to gain code  execution in other programs with the same user privilages.

CVE-ID

CVE-2012-0643 : 2012 iOS Jailbreak Dream Team”

It’s not necessarily interesting that Apple is crediting jailbreakers for an exploit — it’s done that before. No, what’s interesting about this is that Apple actually says the “Dream Team,” a name we thought only existed in blogs and other corners of the jailbreak community.

It’s also worth noting that Apple credits pod2g alone for finding two other exploits that are patched in iOS 5.1: an HFS bug that allows for arbitrary code to execute on a device via a maliciously crafted disk image, and a VPN hack with a similar impact.

The bad news here is that these guys made Apple’s iOS 5.1 security page because the exploits, which were used to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1, are now gone. But the good news is that it looks like these talented folks are already working on finding new ones.

Thanks Chronic!

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  • http://minutestothedawn.tumblr.com/ Gusti Rizky Fajar

    Perhaps Apple also like to read articles/news about jailbreak in idownloadblog.
    Who knows, who knows… right? :))

    • http://adam.hbang.ws/ Adam D

      I do remember Steve saying to a Gizmodo writer that he visited their site every day.

      Ad@m

      • http://minutestothedawn.tumblr.com/ Gusti Rizky Fajar

        That explains my statement. :))
        Nowadays apple might do that too… :))

      • http://www.facebook.com/khalil.awada Khalil Awada

        i’m sure they does as we chech every day morning for an untethered jb news for ios 5.1 :P

  • Abdullah Alhaddad

    when will Apple know that we need basic things set on the phone in order not to seek any jailbraking tools? come on Apple! it’s a phone WITH a computer that must at least have basic things like SMS delivery report, optional auto-correct spelling (opposite the one found on the iPhone), an uninterrupted work during a sudden call (CallBar) easy access to system toggle options (WiFi, 3G, Aiplane Mode, Bluetooth and yellow tooth or whatever!) and etc etc which funny enough that Apples engineers copy the ideas from the JailBreak community and implement them in the phone while still fighting these guys for their innovative ways of making things a lot easier and more PROFESSIONAL! :p

    if there is no jailbreak available and Apple continues this ridiculous way of updating their iOS with useless features, my next phone will be SAMSUNG! :p

    • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

      Doesn’t hurt them any.

      • Anonymous

        It potentially does. I won’t buy a new iOS product until a jailbreak is released for it. I need iFile and Dimmer from Curia to use my iPad how I need to. If there are others like me that don’t buy until jb is released, it does hurt them.

        People pirating apps hurts them much more though. Too bad they can’t just block that but allow jail breaking

      • http://twitter.com/Konahamarue NemesisJr

        I’m with you. iP3 is looknig awesome but until it is jail broken, no can do

    • http://twitter.com/hackthatsh1t Chris Stolfi

      I agree with all but three Samsung part..lol..everyokne was up talking ios5 like the features were special…shit all it did was mess up majority of tweaks I had installed already including all io ops5 new features plus some…would have never updated if my home button wasnt faulty…apple gave me a repallacmemnt with update software that was only tethered and my girl wouldn’t trade phones and she don’t jailbreak…was tethered for close to a year and aint going back…apple Ned’s to stop being fags and let it go or coemme up with there own ideas…shit Siri isn’t even original and was on the AppStore prioor to the 4s

  • http://twitter.com/iPadFreaK901 iPadFreaK90

    the bluetooth on the iDevices is of no use!!! why not let us use da data transferring feature!!!

    WTH APPLE!

  • Anonymous

    Screw apple, I want to jailbreak my iphone, jailbreak isn’t poisonous, why won’t you understand…………………………………

    • TP Folair

      it’s about revenue, is why. the shareholder is king.

  • Anonymous

    Wait…there were people out there who thought that they /weren’t/ keeping close tabs on the JB community? Even after the infamous leak of Saffron and the quick 4.3.4 patch that kept people stuck at with a tethered JB until iOS5?

  • http://twitter.com/christodouluke Luke Christodoulou

    If only they’d make gatekeeper for ios, instead of letting us worry that one day somebody will have to jailbreak the mac too.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6W3UOPC7FK7FZCD6A5MMTY2JY vantheman

      No point jailbreaking the mac cuz I can install anything I want on my laptop anyways. Funny how that works huh?

      • http://twitter.com/christodouluke Luke Christodoulou

        You misunderstand me. I know you can install whatever you want on your mac. Yes, it is funny how it works, I have friends over sometimes and we watch spotify install. Everyone has a good time.
        What I was saying was there’s a chance apple might want to close off osx like they have done with ios. Hopefully this won’t happen and gatekeeper is their solution for having it both ways. it would be pretty great for jailbreakers if gatekeeper came to ios.

  • http://twitter.com/amad_ahmed01 Amad

    This could mean that apple also left exploits in 5.1. Why do to you think they left an unencrypted file system for siri [spire].Jailbreaking is a big part of buying idevices. Go pod2g.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ANGOmarcello Angelo

    That must mean that Apple considers them also as a Dream Team, that makes it kinda official!
    They are are never able to get rid of that name now. :)

    • Anonymous

      Through the few years of ios, apple has implemented various tweaks created by the jailbreakers into iOS. So apple does have an appreciation for them. It is funny they called them a dream team. I really hope iOS jailbreakers stick around or I’ll have to migrate to android tabs.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe this is apples way of saying “You mad bro??”