After the party, we’re back to the business of security.
Sure, Absinthe 2.0 untethered jailbreak was great. In fact, so great and powerful that it did far better than Redsn0w, if you know what we mean. You know? Going through DFU modes, trying to restore through custom IPSW – well, all that was not cool. When Absinthe came in, it was magic. All you had to do was connect your iPhone to the computer, run Absinthe, hit Jailbreak and done!!
As cool and simple as it sounds, it reveals the serious vulnerability in the iOS firmware and iPhones. Now that Absinthe is out, exploits are revealed very clearly for the world to see – and we’ve not yet received any reports that Apple has fixed the patch or is trying to.
You know what the problem is now? Any cranky coder can write a piece of code which can then be run on your iPhone when you plug into an USB port – and whoosh! Nobody knows what havoc the code can create. That’s the level of vulnerability we’re talking about.
While Absinthe definitely make headlines for the no-need-to-DFU for jailbreak, it also made sure that the vulnerability is now exposed. And you need to be careful of where you use your iPhone now.
Never plug it at random USB ports in the library or at one of your geeky friends place. Be sure you keep an eye on the iPhone screen when you’re connecting to the USB because if some program was run, the screen would be different (like the ones the screen goes through when you run Absinthe).
While there’s usually no problem with connecting iPhones to trusted computers, one can never be sure of where the attack might arrive from – so it’s always better to be careful, now that the vulnerability is openly seen. What Absinthe did was a great job, but in the wrong hands, it could be very deadly.
Give your iPhone a screen lock code. Keep an eye on it whenever you connect it. And don’t trust all USB ports and computers – that’s the piece of advice we heard from the community when it was discussing about this vulnerability issue.