iOS 5.0.1 update makes Siri port to iPhone 4 legally possible

As you are aware the best bit of tech on the iPhone 4S is the Siri voice assistant and many hackers have been attempting to port Siri to other devices, with some success by some but public distribution isn’t legal thus far; however that could be about to change for the iPhone 4 at least.

According to the guys over at Slash Gear by way of Cult of Mac, Apple released the iOS 5.0.1 update yesterday and the update opens up previously encrypted system files, something that means a port of Siri has been made legally possible.

The news came via a tweet from iOS hacker @MuscleNerd confirming the previously encrypted system files have been opened in the iOS 5.0.1 update. Here’s what MuscleNerd tweeted…

“(to clarify: wide open for inspection from a Mac/PC…not wide open security wise 🙂 Can get Siri files and such without piracy).”

Before the iOS 5.0.1 update, to get Siri to run one would require the iPhone 4S unique identifier with the key requiring rotation every 24-hours as not to be detected because if many devices called on Siri from the same iPhone 4S identifier, Apple would spot it fairly easily and kill the port.

However it looks like Apple has now removed that little hindrance for now, although Apple could always re-encrypt with a later iOS update, as there’s no real word on just why Apple left it wide open to hackers.

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One thought on “iOS 5.0.1 update makes Siri port to iPhone 4 legally possible”

  1. Brett Rigby says:

    maybe they left it open so hackers can do all the work for them, look at ios 5! it basically a collection of “new features” that have been on cydia repos for years! apple are the kings of reinventing stuff, on most occasions they just “reinvent” hackers code and slap an app signature on it. They were rumoured to be testing siri on the iphone 4 at one point, maybe they gave up and are waiting for someone else to iron out the problems! Apple have probably learnt a lot from the likes of chpwn and musclenerd. A classic example of blatant code theif would be wi-fi sync 

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