Days after Pangu released its iOS 9.3.3 Jailbreak, Apple retaliated by releasing the iOS 9.3.4 update.
What is weird about this update is the fact that Apple did not release a beta prior to actual public release. However, speculations are high that this was led by the recent jailbreak that Pangu released.
Another reason for its weirdness is, Apple did not elaborate on the precise nature of the update. According to their support page:
?For our customers’ protection, Apple doesn’t disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available. Recent releases are listed on the?Apple security updates?page.
For more information about security, see the?Apple Product Security?page. You can encrypt communications with Apple using the?Apple Product Security PGP Key.
Apple security documents reference vulnerabilities by?CVE-ID?when possible.?
However, at the very end of the page, Apple indicated a CVE-ID pertaining to Pangu.
For those who do not know, CVE, otherwise know as Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures, is a ‘dictionary’ of publicly known cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Launched in 1999 to provide a standardised description for each exposure or vulnerability. It is being maintained by the CVE Editorial Board.
CVE is an international cybersecurity effort where numerous organisations around the world participate as CVE numbering authorities. Participants also need to assure that their products are CVE-compatible and have adopted or promoted the use of CVE.
It seem like this will be the last update before the intended release of iOS 10. Apple now has the upper hand. The newest iOS 9.3.4 update will definitely upset members of the jailbreaking community. Especially when each iOS release is becoming more and more difficult to jailbreak. And with each iteration, Apple is slowly but surely bridging the gaps from their operating system. Of course, no can actually say if Apple will be able to satisfy to everyone?s needs. And with that, there will always be groups like Pangu who will make sure that people get what they want from their gadgets.
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