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Apple iOS 4.3.4 jailbroken hours after update

The cat and mouse game between Apple and the jailbreaking community continues unabated as an updated version of PwnageTool hits the web just hours after apple updated its iOS mobile operating system.

Although iOS 4.3.4 closes - perhaps permanently - the gaping PDF hole exploited by the technophobe-friendly JailbreakMe web-based hack, Redmond Pie reports that it has cooked a custom version of PwnageTool which works with the latest security updates.

Unfortunately for those iDevice owners who like a permanent one-click solution to their jailbreaking needs, PwnageTool 4.3.3 is a tethered solution meaning that it will have to be re-installed using a host computer each time the device power cycles.

Although there is currently no unlock for 4.3.4's baseband, there is a workaround which involves jaibreaking your iPhone on 4.2.4 and using Ultrasn0w to unlock the carrier as covered in the Pie's comprehensive tutorial.

It's neither for the faint-hearted - involving as it does some Terminal-level jiggery pokery - or anyone who regularly finds themselves with a dead battery at the end of the day, but the tool's creators say it works 100 per cent on every iOS4-capable device apart from the iPad 2.

As the latest iOS update does little more than prevent JailbreakMe from working, we're guessing most of those who like their gadgets unfettered will stick with 4.2.4 until Apple offers something worth upgrading for.

With iOS5 just around the corner, it will be interesting to see what the people on both sides of the jailbreaking divide come up with, but you can bet whatever Apple does to maintain its walled garden, those intent on open access will be not too far behind.