iOS 7.1 Jailbreak Encryption Issue Being Fixed, Despite Controversy

May 13, 2014 - By Jan Rainey

The recent e-mail attachment bug identified with Apple’s iOS 7.1 jailbreak update has been causing controversy among the iPhone 4 users, to whom the jailbreak exclusively applies. The bug, which prevents attachments from being properly encrypted, does not yet have a fix according to Apple, but is being worked on without a timetable for solution, according to sources within the tech industry.

ZDNet exposed the flaw in the past few weeks, which more urgently affects iPhone for users because the flow can only be exploited using that model of the smart phone running iOS 7.1 jailbreak. This comes on the heels of the SSL security flaw discovered on the iOS and OS X platforms in the previous month.

The iPhone 4 community has been abuzz over this flap, with many commenting on how it exposes the vulnerability of a proprietary system whose software and hardware form factor changes with each year. Others estimate Apple has only limited interest in the security of its handhelds, to explain its delay in handling the bug.

Regardless of when the current flaw is fixed, observers believe it reflects a reality that too many consumers have “blind faith” in, or overdependence on Apple to resolve problems that emerge on its phones.

A key issue in the current flaw remains the lack of security of personal records on iPhone 4, as unsecured e-mail attachments can be potentially accessed through the root file. A lost or stolen phone of this type will not lock out the data from prying eyes who know how to hack the handheld.

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