Sunday, 17 November 2013

Apple releases iOS 7 patch for Apple Store vulnerability, but dont download the 7.0.4 patch yet if you intend to jail break your iPhone

Apple on Thursday released the fix for all sorts of bugs it was facing on its iOS 7 version.  The version number is called 7.0.4 and build number "build 11B554a." is now available for all iOS 7 devices viz. iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Apple releases iOS 7 patch for Apple Store vulnerability, but dont download the 7.0.4 patch yet if you intend to jail break your iPhone

The fix is important because Apple claims to have finally fixed a very critical security flaw which let anybody make a purchase from the online Apple Store without a valid password.  The security bulletin released by Apple gave following comments

Vulnerability assigned as CVE-2013-5193 
 "A signed-in user may be able to complete a transaction without providing a password when prompted. This issue was addressed by additional enforcement of purchase authorization."
The above released patch restores the necessary authentication check and will allow app store transactions only if anybody has a valid Password henceforth.  The update also addressed an issue that would cause FaceTime calls to fail sometimes.


You are requested to update your iOS 7 devices immediately as per Apple's suggestion.  The easiest method to install the 7.0.4 update is to can download and install it through iTunes. You can also try OTA by going to your device Settings and selecting General > Software Update.

However a word of warning for those who intend to jailbreak their iOS 7 devices.  In his tweet, posted Nov 14, master iOS Jail Breaker @MuscleNerd advised via Twitter that those waiting for the official Evasion iOS 7 jailbreak  to avoid the 7.0.4 patch
He also Tweeted that those applying the iOS 7.0.4 patch may have a iOS device which cannot be jailbroken i.e. the process may be irreversible
However another jail breaker has Tweeted that the iOS 7.0.4 is a safe update.
As of now it is not confirmed by the leaders of the iOS Jail Breaking Community whether the patch is safe or not.  As such it would be prudent to avoid the iOS 7.0.4 patch, if you intend to jailbreak your iPhone.


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