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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Apple Removes jailbreak detection in iOS

Six months after introducing the feature, Apple has disabled its inbuilt jailbreak detection API inside its iOS operating system and  removed  the feature from iOS.

Detecting if a users device is jailbroken is not a new thing, third-party application developers have been able to assess the state of an Apple device prior to the introduction of an official Apple implementation.
The detection API was introduced with a number of mobile device management (MDM) API’s in June 2010, allowing applications to utilise built-in OS calls to check whether a device was jailbroken. When a device is jailbroken, system files are either changed or modified, also exploiting other features to extend privileges to third-party applications. The API would be able to detect these and report whether a device had been previously jailbroken.