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iPhone 3GS Exploit Found for Jailbreak and Unlock

The iPhone 3GS (now new and improved with no space between the 3G and S) has been out in parts of the world for a full week, and hackers are already looking for exploits in order to jailbreak and unlock the device to set it free.

Fortunately for iPhone 3GS owners not content with being confined, famed iPhone hacker George Hotz claims to have found an exploit in the latest Apple phone. The exploit isn’t a newly discovered hole, however, as it’s something that was already found five months ago.

“I verified that it is still vulnerable to the 24kpwn exploit present in the iPod Touch 2G. This is great news for all of you,” Hotz wrote in his blog. “Basically, this means if someone makes a tethered jailbreak, it easily becomes untethered, because the boot chain is broken. Expect big things soon.”

The Dev-Team behind the jailbreaking and unlocking tools wrote in its blog in response to Hotz’s findings, “That means we can use the same sort of technique used by our current redsn0w tool to jailbreak and unlock the iPhone 3GS. … This is great news, but how did it happen?  Why didn’t Apple fix this in their normal cat&mouse fashion?  Well it seems this bootrom was cut in about the August 2008 timeframe, so the unintended early reveal of 24Kpwn earlier this year didn’t affect the iPhone 3GS.”

So, there you go – iPhone 3GS owners, standby for pwnage.