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Problems With The iOS 7 Jailbreak Over Taig And Pirate Apps

Dec 26 2013, 11:51am CST | by

 
 
 

The newly released jailbreak for iOS 7 appears to have run into a few teething problems. Specifically, inside the jailbreak was a connection to Taig and that in itself appeared to be feeding data out. Taig also, as a site to get apps suitable for jailbroken iPhones, appeared to be carrying pirated apps themselves. That’s really not the point of all of this.

To jailbreak an iPhone is to allow people to add whatever software they wish to it, without having to go through Apple's App Store and without being limited to those selections that Apple deigns to approve. It’s not at all the intention to allow people to steal the labours of someone else by downloading pirated apps.

The evad3rs have discussed things that went wrong here:

First and foremost, and of utmost concern, is privacy. No one’s data was ever sent anywhere. Of course, as a member of the community whose work frees devices, it would be against everything we’ve worked for the last 7 years to jeopardize the security of the users of our software. To reiterate, no Taig software was installed unless the computer’s language was set to Chinese. Furthermore, no Taig software would run unless the user opened the Taig application.

The extremely limited data that was sent (which they checked by reverse engineering the software) was just unique device identifiers, very similar to what Cydia transmits. So that’s not particularly a problem then. However, the next matter is more serious:

Piracy and Taig
Our written and verbal agreement with Taig banned it. They assured us it was not in there. We did not check every package in their store but a cursory examination before release found no problems. However, after investigation and after notification from the community, we found examples, including pirated tweaks, Apple App Store apps, and even pod2g’s PodDJ app. We dropped the ball on this. While we at first did not believe Taig purposefully violated our agreement, the depth of the transgression against the software developers and the jailbreak community cannot be overlooked and we could not move forward after that even if it were fixed. We terminated our relationship with them. We are very disappointed that they have decided to put up a cracked version of the jailbreak on their site that installs Taig. We did not give them any permission or source code.

And the final point they want to make is that they’ve not received any money from Taig over this and will not be doing so. Myself I would put this all down to the usual teething troubles of a new release. Taig seems to have been a bit opportunist here this is true but give it a week or two, after the end of the holidays and I’m sure we’ll end up with a robust jailbreak for iOS7 as we have for earlier versions of the operating system. In the end the only people who will be annoyed will almost certainly be Apple as they’re rather against the sort of thing. As for the rest of us who do want to use a jailbreaker it’ll get there in short order.

Source: Forbes

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