Hey, the cheese is right here!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by edmartin, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. edmartin macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2007
    Does anyone find the current cat & mouse game of hackers vs. Apple a bit silly? The hacker side (let's call them the mouse) are running around broadcasting not only exactly how they are getting into 1.1.1 but they are taking the added step of making it very clear how simple it will be for Apple to fix the hole very simply. So all that Apple (the cat) has to do is fix the TIFF Safari exploit - which is pretty much like the cat being able to take a nap while the mouse runs around and starts screaming about where they are and how to catch them when they find a scrap of cheese.

    Yes, I know that there are smart people on both sides and that ultimately the cheese/catnip ball will go back & forth with each side figuring out the other and 1-upping them for a period of time. But broadcasting the hole and the instructions on how to plug it really seems to take the game out of this, doesn't it?

    Maybe it's brilliant misdirection on the hackers' part or maybe it's the hackers' way of trying to tweak Apple for leaving such a simple hole there but right about now, it seems like we should all write-off the existence of the TIFF exploit and let the games begin anew with a search for new exploits. And maybe if they are quiet about the "how" it will be something that has a chance to breath before it dies?
  2. Devil's Refugee macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2007
    Considering Apple reads these forums and many like it, there is no way to keep a lid on available hacks/ unlocks and how they exploit the OS, so keeping quiet on it will never happen.
  3. Sobe macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2007
    Wash DC suburbs
    it's a bit like using intelligence in the governmental sense.

    If you use it, you risk exposing the asset, if you don't, well then the information is useless.

    I'd imagine that people who hack do it as much for the notoriety as the actual functionality their work provides, so keeping a lid on it would deprive the hackers of their fame and limit the availability of the hacks to a couple of insiders.

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