iOS 4.3.4 Already Jailbroken, but not for iPad 2
It’s amazing to think how Apple released the iOS 4.3.4 to cover up the loophole used by JailbreakMe 3.0 to jailbreak the iPad 2, and now it has also been jailbroken – at an amazing feat of just hours after its release. There are downsides to this latest jailbreak though. First of all, it doesn’t work for the iPad 2, unlike the previous jailbreak. If you really want to jailbreak your iPad 2, the only way to do it for now is to not install the update if you haven’t done so yet.
Jailbreaking the 4.3.4
What is jailbreaking anyway? Well, it’s the hack you do to your iOS dependent gadget to open it up for other purposes. You see, the iOS that your device originally came with is locked. It’s locked to its own network. most of the apps are paid for. You cannot customize and personalize your gadget’s look. There is one way to set free your gadget from these limitations and that is to jailbreak it. Meanwhile, the iPhone Dev Team, is a famous group known for formulating ways on how to jailbreak different iDevices, one of them being the iPad 2. It took quite some time for the jailbreak of iPad 2 to come out but when it did, it turned out to be a very simple process. It would just require you to visit a site using your Safari browser, click on a link, and the jailbreaking would begin. This jailbreak was known as JailbreakMe 3.0, developed by Comex, member of the iPhone Dev Team. This poses a security threat though. In the meantime, you can tighten your iPad 2’s security by its security fix – the PDF Patcher 2, available via Cydia.
This is to answer the concerns that jailbreaking via JailbreakMe 3.0 makes the security loophole of Apple more vulnerable, where users wouldn’t even notice that they’re already donwloading a .pdf file just by clicking a link on their Safari browser. Comex took advantage of this and put the hack online for anyone to download for free. It’s very easy and a one-click process. Also, you don’t have to plug in your device to any computer to jailbreak it anymore.
To come up with a counter-attack to this jailbreak though, Apple came up with the iOS update, the iOS 4.3.4 which seeks to bar the .pdf flaw and close it down. they were successful in doing this but as already mentioned only hours passed until another jailbreak was formulated to hack the latest update.
This jailbreak is not as flawless though, it cannot break in into iPad 2 anymore, plus it’s tethered meaning that whenever your iDevice shuts down or loses power you need to kinda re-jailbreak it again to make it work the way it was before the gadget shut down. Which lets us go back to the iPhone Dev Team’s suggestion to stick with your current iOS if you haven’t upgraded yet, while they’re still cooking up something more interesting.
In any case it shouldn’t take too long until they release an updated jailbreak for the updated iPad 2, right? As long as Apple is constantly churning out updates to counter jailbreaking efforts, the iPhone Dev Team would not stop developing jailbreak hacks to conquer these updates as well.