Apple’s iOS 9.1 Shuts Down The Pangu Hacking Team’s Jailbreak

22 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple releases iOS 9.1, includes middle finger and taco emoji, Live Photos update.

When Apple released iOS 9.1 on Wednesday it brought a number of improvements to the operating system, including some exciting new emoji that we originally saw teased in June. Only days after the first public jailbreak for iOS 9 devices hit the web, it appears that Apple has closed two of the exploits used by the Chinese hacking team Pangu, whose untethered jailbreak allowed users to jailbreak nearly all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices running iOS versions 9.0 through 9.0.2. Today, iOS 9.1 is available and with it comes a long list of bug fixes that the intermediate updates attempted to solve: But if you’re like me, you probably didn’t make it past the second bullet point. iOS 9.1 brings with it over 150 new emoji.

Although its not the first tech company to give consumers the bird — that honor goes to Microsoft — Apple’s initial iOS 9 launch did not include the emoji. In a security document posted on Apple’s website, the Cupertino company credits Pangu with discovering two vulnerabilities in the iOS operating system that have now been patched.

These include one vulnerability that would allow a malicious application to elevate privileges, and another that would allow a malicious application to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. If you haven’t already updated your iPhone, you can do so by going into the Settings menu on the device, selecting General, and then Software Update. Usually, Live Photos record 1.5 seconds before and after the capture button is pressed, which many times results in capturing footage of putting away the phone. That’s likely why the Pangu team pushed their iOS 9 jailbreak out the door just ahead of the iOS 9.1 release – it was the only way to get it into the hands of end users before it was too late.

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