New MacBook Users Reporting Problems Running iPhone Dev Team’s Pwnage Tool?

The iPhone Dev Team have claimed that it was impossible for Apple to
fix the bug they had exploited to develop their Pwnage Tool which they
claimed could only be prevented by a hardware fix.

However, Apple Engineers had proved them wrong (kind of) by figuring
out a way to combat Pwnage for existing hardware by programming iTunes
8 to detect and prevent the Pwnage exploit. The
iPhone Dev team had immediately released a patch to counteract Apple’s
counermeasure
at that time.

But it looks like Apple Engineers might have another trick up their sleeve as iPhone users over at HowardForums and iPodTouchFans are reporting problems running the Pwnage Tool on the new MacBooks that were recently released by Apple.

iPhone users over at HowardForums and iPodTouchFans are reporting
problems running the Pwnage Tool on the new aluminum MacBooks that were recently
released by Apple. The new MacBooks don’t seem to be able to recognize an iPhone when it is booted into DFU mode, an important step for creating custom iPhone firmware using the Pwnage Tool.

However, the users are reporting that they are able to restore their iPhone using iTunes with the custom firmware that has been created on another other Mac or Windows machine to jailbreak the iPhone without any problem.

Gizmodo who first reported this issue speculates that though the hardware has significantly changed in Apple’s new MacBooks, it could be the new build version of iTunes that might be the culprit.

If thats true, this would not be the first time, as Apple Engineers have made modifications by programming iTunes 8
to detect and prevent the Pwnage exploit
.

The iPhone Dev Team were quick to respond by providing a patch in the latest version of their Pwnage tool to counteract Apple’s
countermeasure at that time.

The Dev Team have not yet commented on this latest countermeasure by Apple.

[via Gizmodo]




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