The folks behind the popular iPhone jailbreaking application PwnageTool have released a video which shows a demo of a jailbroken iOS4.1 running on an iPod Touch 4G. This new jailbreak technique is based on the SHAtter’ exploit. This exploit was developed’ by @pod2g, a former member of the Chronic Dev Team, which was originally found by @p0sixninja. This exploit is a low-level one which means that a simple firmware update from Apple won’t be enough to patch this exploit.
Below is the video of an iPod Touch 4G running a jailbroken iOS4.1 -:
The SHAtter’ exploit will also iPhone 4 users to update their firmware while preserving their baseband and carrier unlock. In their blog post, the iPhone Dev-Team has also confirmed that they are already working on faster jailbreaking tools for the iTouch family.
The iPhone-Dev Team did not mention any timeframe within which they will release the updated version of PwnageTool. So iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G users running on iOS4.1 need to be patient until then.
All iTouch models should be running on jailbroken iOS 3.1.2, except for the iPod Touch 2G (MC-Model) and iPhone 2G. The iPod Touch 1G/2G (Non-MC) and the iPhone 3G must be running a jailbroken version any iOS firmware. The application does not update your iTouch’s baseband, thus preserving your unlock.
Soon after the release of sn0wbreeze 2.0, many users reported an Error 37 in iTunes while restoring a custom firmware. The application since then has received an update to fix this issue. Click here to download sn0wbreeze 2.0.1.
The two largest unofficial jailbreak App stores for iPhone users, Cydia and Rock, have now combined to form a single unified App store.
Cydia, owned by Jay ‘Saurik’ Freeman officially acquired the Rock Your Phone app store run by Mario Ciabarra yesterday. Both the owners had been in talks about an acquisition or a merger since months.
All the applications in the Rock app store will be transferred to Cydia and Rock users will need to create a Cydia login to continue using the app store. All the user backup data and other details of Rock users will be merged with their Cydia accounts.
Cydia had more users and a better app catalog than Rock and also raked in more revenue but Rock had a much better interface and was much faster.
Here’s what the Founder of Rock Your Phone, Mario Ciabarra had to say “It’s been a fun ride. We set out to change the landscape and I think we were very successful. I think we contributed to attracting more business professionals to the iPhone jailbreak community, and added some great functionality to the platform. The current transaction with Cydia is a great opportunity for us. We’re going to miss some of the excitement, but no reason for anyone to worry. I, personally, will be spending even more time in Intelliborn apps development (both existing and exciting new projects). A few months ago, Jay and I sat down together and we realized, I enjoyed making apps more (and was better at it), while Jay enjoys providing platform functionality. It was a win-win for both groups and we’re excited about the transition.”
Crazy timing that @pod2g got latest exploit just as 4.1 went public (lots of work left…keep away from 4.1 for now!)
A concrete jailbreak for iPhone or Unlock for iPhone is not yet available and the Dev Team even went ahead and posted about the iOS 4.1 update being a trap to possibly permanently get rid of jailbreaks and unlocks, you can read the post here.
There is no release date available on the iOS 4.1 jailbreak, however, considering that iOS 4.1 beta versions were already jailbroken, it might come out sooner than expected.
Right now, you would not want to be one of those PS3 security programmers. For years the console remained dormant without any major breakthroughs in the homebrew scene. Where its little cousin, the PSP was the hackers’ favorite, the PS3 remained in the throes of Sony’s unbreakableconsole category.
That changed with the Australian PS Jailbreak USB dongle that was released a couple of weeks ago. The gaming world was equally divided between skeptics who questioned the feasibility of the hack and enthusiastic gamers who wished to legally backupgames and run homebrew (unsigned code that otherwise cannot run on the console).
No sooner had word escaped of the PS Jailbreak dongle’s success than the internet community was rocked with the news of an open sourceimplementation of the PS Jailbreak. PS Groove is the open source world’s answer to the PS Jailbreak. Passionate hackers have released this mod in the wilds minus the ability to run backed up games or ISOs promoting on free homebrew and not piracy.
PS Groove requires a USB development board such as the AT90USBKey that is available for around $30. Following the instructions in the git repository anyone can utilize the jailbreak at home.
Rejoice homebrew community, rejoice! I personally cannot wait to get a PS3 to try all this out!
Apple has applied for a new patent which covers a series of measures to protect iPhone users from thieves and unauthorized users. Using the technology in the patent titled “Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device”, Apple can identify users based on their images, voice recording and even their unique heartbeat patterns. If any of these don’t match, the user can be flagged as an unauthorized user and the iPhone’s camera can be activated, the captured images can be geotagged and sent to a remote server. It can also log keystrokes and phone calls and send it back to the remote server.
All the sensitive data of the user can also be backed up to a remote server and then deleted remotely, once unauthorized access is detected.
What’s alarming about the patent is that some of the methods it uses to identify unauthorized access include hacking, jailbreaking and unlocking the iPhone. Jailbreaking the iPhone allows you to gain full access to the file system and run any code you want, as opposed to apps approved by Apple only. Using the technology described in the patent, Apple could automatically disable jailbroken or unlocked iPhones citing unauthorized usage.
Jailbreaking and Unlocking were recently declared to be legal by the regulators in the United States.
A few months back, Sony decided to clamp down on people using the Play Station 3 to run other operating systems – Linux for example. It angered a lot of people and some even filed a lawsuit. But Sony stuck with their decision to keep Linux out of the PS3.
Well, it seems like some hacker have jailbroken the Sony Play Station 3 and have managed to get Linux running on it again. To do this they have come up with a usb dongle called PS Jailbreak. Apparently it bypasses the PS3 security mechanism and allows users to boot Linux in the gaming console. It also disables the forced updates and works in all regions.
Running Linux does not seem to be the only trick up the PS Jailbreak’s sleeve. It is also said to be able to back-up games to the internal hard drive or an external hard drive. This eliminates the need for expensive Blue-ray burners and disks.
To do this, however, you will need to buy the PS Jailbreak. They are currently taking pre-orders and the price is around $150 for a unit. (We are not going to post the link to buy it here because some are claiming it is a hoax and we cannot confirm if it is a hoax or real.)
Some people are calling it a fake. Here is a video. You decide for yourself.
WOW, here is the simplest of all jailbreaks ever released for the iPhone. @comex has created a website called jailbreakme.com which will allow you to jailbreak iPhone, iPhone 4 using a web browser including Safari.
All you jailbreak fans out there, here is the simplest and most easy jailbreak you will ever come across, a software jailbreak through a website which makes use of an exploit. Just visit http://jailbreakme.com through Safari or any other browser you use and just "slide to jailbreak" your device with one easy step.
This is by far the easiest jailbreak ever released for any Apple devices and supports iOS 4, iOS 4.0.1, iOS 3.1.3, iOS 3.1.2 and iPad 3.2.1. Definitely a great job by @comex and kudos to him for achieving this.
P.S. The website may appear down for many of you since it is under very heavy usage, you might want to try it again tomorrow if it appears down for you.
Consumers who are using iPhone or any other smartphone which requires you to jailbreak of root your device can breath a sigh of relief. According to new Government rules announced today, jailbreaking, unlocking and installing unapproved apps on your mobile phone/smartphone device is now legal.
Companies like Apple and Google’s Android OS have been restricting users from installing applications that are not approved by them and available in the iTunes Store and Android Market place respectively. However, that will be a thing of the past as users will be able to legally install any app of their choice.
Consumers can also break access controls on their phone in order to switch wireless carriers, commonly known as unlocking iPhone. However, the new rules will still allow Apple to disable jailbroken phones with software upgrades, though this should not be an issue since iPhone jailbreaks are made available for free by the Dev Team for the new updates Apple releases.
The new rules which make jailbreaking and unlocking iPhone legal will take effect Tuesday and will remain in effect for the next 3 years at-least when they are reviewed again. So, starting tomorrow put off your fear of legal issues and jailbreak your iPhone to get most out of it.
It was just over a week ago, we had told you that Geohot will be leaving the iPod Touch/iPhone and iPad jailbreak scene. Geohot even wrote a blog post about this on his blog. He had also deleted his twitter account, and has made his blog an invite only one. Geohot had however said that he will make any major announcement through his friends Mike Cohen twitter account. Now, today mikecohenn tweeted that:
What’s a good time to make it ra1n?
Many of the reputed blogs online are saying that it might be possible that Geohot will return under a new name. It is also possible that he will release a new tool that will work for all iTouch devices and all the different versions of iOS before leaving the modding community, once and for all.
It is too early to speculate anything, and only time will tell us what Geohot is up to. However, many people are still pinning their hope on Geohot to release a new jailbreak application for the iOS4.
Last week, we had told you about Planetbeing unlocking his iPhone 4. Now MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has managed to unlock his iPhone 4 as well. The method used by MuscleNerd is different than the one used by Planetbeing. According to this tweet from MuscleNerd, there are apparently 3 ideas/ways to unlock the iPhone 4. The method used by Planetbeing is the first one, while MuscleNerd used the second idea.
Now both the modders will compare their unlocking method to see which method is the fastest and easiest. The fastest and the most efficient method will then be used in the next version of ultrasn0w to unlock the iPhone 4. The 3rd idea will not be used by both the modders for now. It will be saved for the future, in all probability. Hopefully, the next version of ultrasn0w will be released within the next one month by the iPhone Dev team.
It was just a couple of days ago we told you that Geohot had managed to jailbreak his iPhone 4 on the day he got it. Sadly, he was in no mood to make the jailbreak public. Now, Geohot has updated his last blog post to say that he has taken a sort of temporary retirement from the iPhone jailbreak and unlocking scene.
Sorry, this post was probably a bad idea. Next time I won’t say anything. I miss when this blog was actually about technical things(I’ve been reacting too much to the feedback, which led it to the place it’s in now). I didn’t fully realize most of the current scene don’t care unless they are getting something. Now I do. It’s late tonight, I’ll think about what to do about this in the morning.
The real reason behind no release isn’t technical. It’s just that it will never stop, after blackra1n, people demand unlock, after blacksn0w, people demand untethered. I miss the days when jailbreaking and unlocking were difficult, it attracted a much higher caliber crowd.
Also, to the haters, the picture is quite obviously fake
Quite a strange move from Geohot here. He was the first guy to unlock the original iPhone way back in 2007. Now the hope of all owners depends on Comex and iH8sn0w to release a jailbreak for the new iPhone 4.
Geohot is one of the most popular guy in the iPhone/iPod Touch jailbreak/unlock scene. He has successfully managed to hack the PlayStation 3 as well. However, Geohot has been mum right from the time the Apple iPhone 4 was announced, and released.
Now after quite a few months, Geohot has updated his blog. In the blog post, he says that he managed to jailbreak the iPhone 4 the day it landed on his doorsteps.
Here is what his blog post said:
Got one of these in the mail today and figured I’d give it a shot.
As far as a release goes, it probably won’t happen from me. limera1n is little more than a raindrop on a website; it was never mentioned by me previous to this post. pwned4life is a complete invention of some blogger in a basement somewhere. When I said pwned for life, I was referring to the original iPhone, 3G, and Touch; which of course are, by the aptly named PwnageTool.
Again, please don’t ask for release dates. Every person that does makes me want to release a little bit less.
iH8sn0w has just released a new version of the Sn0wbreeze jailbreaking application. We had told you yesterday that a new version of the Sn0wbreeze application is expected to be released today. The Sn0wbreeze 1.7 application now supports iPhone 3GS based on older as well as newer bootroms, along with iPod Touch 2G (MC and non-MC models) and the iPod Touch 3G.
Sn0wbreeze v1.7 is the first jailbreaking application to support iPhone 3GS based on newer bootroms. However, these newer bootroms based iPhone 3GS must be running on iOS 3.1.2 or must have their iOS 3.1.2 SHSH blobs saved. Without either of these, users will not be able to jailbreak their iPhone 3GS on iOS4.
In addition, this jailbreak will be a tethered one, which means users need to connect their iPhone to a PC, whenever they turn it off, to turn it back on. Readers can find the step-by-step guide to jailbreak their iPhone 3GS here.
As of now only iPod Touch, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS can be jailbreak’d using sn0wbreeze. iPhone 3GS on the newer bootroms still cannot be jailbroken. However, iH8sn0w has successfully been able to jailbreak iPhone 3GS based on newer bootroms using Sn0wbreeze. Sadly, this pwning method is only possible if users already have iOS 3.1.2 SHSH blobs saved.
iH8sn0w has written a very detailed and complex tutorial on how to pawn iOS 4 on the newer bootrom based iPhone 3GS. Here is the link to the full tutorial. On a personal note, I would suggest newbie’s to stay away from trying the above method. Only experienced users should try the above method.
iH8sn0w will release a new update of this hack tomorrow for newer bootroms based iPhone 3GS, which will not require 3.1.2 SHSH blobs. Sadly, users must be running on iOS 3.1.2 to use this hack.
Update: Jailbreak for iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G and iPod 2G running iOS 4 is now available. You will find more information on it here and here.