Hackers jailbreak Apple TV’s iOS 4.1 before device even arrives in users’ hands

Apple Online Store“Hackers have succeeding in running a jailbreak exploit for a newly posted Apple TV iOS 4.1 firmware file,” Josh Ong reports for AppleInsider.

“iPhone developer chpwn first noticed the firmware update and posted a link to it on Twitter,” Ong reports. “‘AppleTV2,1_4.1_8M89_Restore.ipsw,’ a 242 MB download, is available from Apple’s download site.”

Ong reports, “The iPhone Dev-Team subsequently announced that it had already successfully used SHAtter, an in-development iOS 4.1 exploit, to jailbreak the new Apple TV firmware, Maggadget reports. ‘Even though the new AppleTV isn’t yet in people’s homes, the firmware is available on Apple’s normal public distribution servers and SHAtter has been used to decrypt its keys,’ wrote the iPhone Dev Team on their blog.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jax44” for the heads up.]

50 Comments

  1. Dag, Jail-breaking is all about stealing apps and or services.
    This is the dark side of the “open source community” and threatens it’s entire foundation.

    Ludor, jail-breaking is voluntary hacking, the “pundits” were dead wrong, Mac’s and OS X are everywhere (5-10X the amount when those windows apologists began making that dire prediction) And still…. not one self replicating virus or worm in the wild. Not one.

  2. Dag, Jail-breaking is all about stealing apps and or services.
    This is the dark side of the “open source community” and threatens it’s entire foundation.

    Ludor, jail-breaking is voluntary hacking, the “pundits” were dead wrong, Mac’s and OS X are everywhere (5-10X the amount when those windows apologists began making that dire prediction) And still…. not one self replicating virus or worm in the wild. Not one.

  3. Uncle Fester’s Cousin, I have both my iPhone and iPad jailbroken and have never once stolen an app or service. There are just a couple of programs that Apple still won’t allow to run without the devices being jailbroken. I guess that means that Jail-breaking isn’t all about stealing apps or services.

  4. Uncle Fester’s Cousin, I have both my iPhone and iPad jailbroken and have never once stolen an app or service. There are just a couple of programs that Apple still won’t allow to run without the devices being jailbroken. I guess that means that Jail-breaking isn’t all about stealing apps or services.

  5. @pffft: no more proud than they’d be of someone spending their time writing smug comments in a forum that the intended recipients of said smugness will never read. Cowardly AND pointless! Would YOUR mom be proud of what a jerk you sound like?

    @tom: yes, that’s right, these hackers devote the entirety of their lives to this stuff. Meanwhile, here we are on MDN’s forum, posturing as though we are somehow superior to them..?

    Really guys, you sound ridiculous. You could cut the smug with a knife. Get over yourselves.

    But, on topic, I wonder what a jailbroken aTV with no local storage will be capable of?

  6. @pffft: no more proud than they’d be of someone spending their time writing smug comments in a forum that the intended recipients of said smugness will never read. Cowardly AND pointless! Would YOUR mom be proud of what a jerk you sound like?

    @tom: yes, that’s right, these hackers devote the entirety of their lives to this stuff. Meanwhile, here we are on MDN’s forum, posturing as though we are somehow superior to them..?

    Really guys, you sound ridiculous. You could cut the smug with a knife. Get over yourselves.

    But, on topic, I wonder what a jailbroken aTV with no local storage will be capable of?

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