Spirit, released over the weekend, is an untethered jailbreak for iPads, iPhones, or iPod Touch on a recent firmware version (3.1.2, 3.1.3, or 3.2).
As Dan Goodin points out in The Register, this will allow the reckless iGadget user to tether the device to a PC for use as a modem as well as allowing the download of unauthorised iGadget apps, though it doesn’t do carrier unlocking (meaning the user is still obliged to stay with the original mobile provider).
Reckless? Well, there are quite a lot of caveats in the Spirit announcement. What no-one is mentioning so far is that anyone using this will be more exposed if another vulnerability is introduced by jailbreaking like last year’s series of exploits, which went from Proof of Concept to hacker tool to functional botnet (albeit one of limited impact) in no time at all.
David Harley FBCS CITP CISSP
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