iOS 4.2 Coming In November—Will Fix Security Flaw


You probably have heard about the security flaw in iOS 4.1 that lets someone bypass your PIN security and access, call and email your contacts list. The flaw lets someone tap a few buttons to sneak past the emergency call screen that you can access even when the iPhone is locked by a PIN. Your photos, music, and contacts are then available but the rest of the phone is not. Apple has stated that they are aware of the flaw and that the iOS 4.2 update in November will address the problem.

Previous versions of iOS (actually, back when it was called iPhone OS) have had similar problems twice before. The iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 are all affected by the flaw when running iOS 4.1 but the iPhone 3GS requires slightly modified steps to carry out the security bypass. How to protect the data you store on your smartphone until the iOS update in November? That’s a good question. Keep others from getting their hands on it? That’s about it.

What is interesting to note is that iOS 4.1 finally got jailbroken with Limera1n, GreenPois0n and PwnageTool. Now to keep your data safe, you have to update to version 4.2, which may prevent you from jailbreaking your device again. Sure, they claim that the hack they are using to carry out the jailbreak can’t be stopped without Apple redesigning the actual devices themselves but you never know… What is also in danger is the carrier unlock if Apple updates the baseband (the software that actually operates the phone part of the iPhone) again.

How do the jailbreakers out there feel? Are you willing to have the possibility of someone snagging your iPhone and being able to use your contacts and your phone in exchange for a jailbreak? If the jailbreak for iOS 4.2 does not come quickly or faces unforeseen problems that might be a choice you will have to make.

Besides just the security flaw, how is iOS 4.1 treating you? Ready for Apple to update it already? Experiencing any slowdown issues on older models? App incompatibilities? Wonder where all the Game Center apps are? Crashes? I have noticed that I have to restart my device more than I did with iOS 3.x. Let me know what you think about it in the comments.

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