Apple just released iOS 4.1 for the iPhone and iPod Touch families and it looks like the jailbreaking community just found their next way in to Apple’s oh-so-secure iOS. This isn’t your run of the mill exploit like we saw in iOS 4.0.1 from the now infamous Jailbreakme.com. Instead, the latest discovery will be much harder for Apple to combat.
iPhone hacking extraordinaire pod2g is now the proud father of a significant exploit discovered just as iOS 4.1 went life yesterday afternoon. The discovery is apparently a low-level bootrom exploit that cannot be simply patched with a firmware update. Instead, Apple would have to release new iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad hardware in order to patch the potential threat. The exploit has since been confirmed by the iPhone Dev Team.
If you recall, pod2g is the same hacker that discovered a similar bootrom exploit that allowed the iPod Touch 1G / 2G, iPhone, and iPhone 3G to remain vulnerable to PwnageTool to this day. The newest exploit has been confirmed to work on the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G / 4G, and iPad. Expect to hear more on this in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, iOS 4.1 breaks the latest jailbreak so if you can’t live without your jailbroken devices, refrain from the Game Center upgrade for now.