Items tagged with Jailbreak

It seems that no matter what steps Apple takes to prevent people from jailbreaking their devices, within no time at all enthusiasts have bypassed those steps. A few days ago Apple released the iOS 4.3.4 update to stop hacking and jailbreaking, specifically an exploit in the way PDF files handle fonts. This exploit could potentially allow a malicious PDF file to sneak malware onto users' devices, or more likely, could allow users to easily jailbreak their devices with websites like JailBreakMe. Within a mere 12 hours of the update's release, users eager to escape Apple's restrictions had already... Read more...
If you've dreamed of a day when you could jailbreak your iPad 2 tablet and reap all the benefits that come from shaking off the shackles Apple put in place (for your own good, of course), today is the day you've been waiting for. The popular browser-based jailbreak service -- JailbreakMe.com -- is back, and it now supports any iOS 4.3.3 device! Yes, that includes the iPad 2, giving you close to one-touch access to jailbroken glory. To jailbreak your iPad 2 (or other iOS 4.3.3 device), all you have to do is navigate to www.jailbreakme.com and mash the Free button and then hit Install. That's it,... Read more...
Well that was fast! Apple just barely had enough time to take a breath after announcing iOS 5, the next major version of its mobile operating system that won't ship for several more months, and already it's been jailbroken by MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team! This is an early jailbreak that's a little rough around the edges and has to be tethered to a PC in order to boot (hey, not bad for the whole 2 seconds MuscleNerd had to play with the build), but as far as functionality goes, MuscleNerd posted pictures showing his jailbroken 4th generation iPod touch running Cydia. Check out the pictures... Read more...
We wouldn't recommend jailbreaking your iPhone 4 if you aren't totally familiar with what kind of craziness could break loose should something go wrong, but if you're all clear, there's some tantalizing news out tonight from the Dev-Team. The team has just broken loose the iPhone 4, running on iOS 4.3.2 (the newest iOS release). iPad 2 users are still out in the cold, but it shouldn't be long now. Otherwise, you can expect it to work on the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 3G, iPod touch 4G and the original iPad. The best part of this jailbreak is the "untethered" nature. That means that you don't... Read more...
Let's start with the good news. The iPhone Dev-Team over the weekend released their Pwnage Tool 4.2, which aside from sounding cool, it also brings untethered jailbreak support to iOS 4.3.1. The untethered exploit comes courtesy of Stefan Esser, a security researcher based in Germany. As the iPhone Dev-Team points out, it's ironic that Esser's first contribution to the iPhone jailbreak community was improved security. Now, let's get to the bad news. The 4.3.1 untethering mojo works with the following devices: iPhone 3GS iPhone 4 (GSM) iPod touch 3G iPod touch 4G iPad 1 AppleTV 2G (Pwnage Tool only... Read more...
There's been some concern that rooted Xooms would not be eligible for the free LTE upgrade that will come later this year. Motorola has taken to its support forums to clear up the matter. Xooms that hve been rooted will be eligible for the upgrade, with caveats. It's not a blessing by any means, and we know that Motorola is famous for its locked bootloaders. Those prevent custom ROMs, but not rooting. One of the caveats is that Motorola asks that the Xoom be returned to its factory installed ROM state, before shipping it for the upgrade. After all, they say, they can't guarantee that the software... Read more...
If you took a look at the George Hotz (geohot) PlayStation jailbreaking video that was formerly posted to YouTube, Sony wants to know who you are. The company is demanding that a federal judge order Google to release the IP addresses and other identifying information (.PDF) of those individuals who viewed or commented on the video. The company has also asked Twitter for the information related to the “fail0verflow hacking team,” who first unveiled a rudimentary version of the jailbreak last December. Hotz released a refined hack weeks later when he independently found and published... Read more...
The Chronic Dev Team has released the greenpois0n untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1. It took an extra 48 hours for the jailbreak to be released for those using Windows systems (meaning, most of us), but that's now here as well. An untethered jailbreak means you can now boot your iDevice without having to have it tethered to a PC at the same time. The greenpois0n jailbreak now runs the gamut of Linux, Mac, and Windows based systems. However, just as the jailbreak arrives, there are rumors that Apple will be announcing iOS 4.3 any second now. As they just released iOS 4.3 beta 3 last week, we know... Read more...
Some say the best smartphone is a jailbroken iPhone, but one problem (aside from the obvious, that jailbreaking, although legal, voids your warranty) is the issue of reinstalling all your jailbreak-only apps if you update and re-jailbreak. The latest version of Cydia can help with that problem. iTunes will restore your non-jailbroken apps when you upgrade to a new version of iOS, or if you restore your iPhone. For jailbroken apps, you have to re-install them manually, at least until now. Cydia is the "market" that users go to for apps specifically for jailbroken iOS devices. Possibly because of... Read more...
The privacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls the Apple patent application for a method to monitor and perhaps disable jailbroken and unlocked iDevices "traitorware." They would call it spyware, they stated, but because of certain aspects of the technology involved, they preferred "traitorware." As we noted earlier, the Apple patent application mentions jailbroken devices, which sort of belies any notion that it's all about security. As the EFF says, "it's not just spyware, it's 'traitorware,' since it is designed to allow Apple to retaliate against you if you do something Apple doesn't... Read more...
A patent application doesn't necessarily mean such an idea will ever see the light of day, but iPhone jailbreakers should take note of this news, anyway. Apple has reportedly applied for patent for methodology of not just detecting jailbroken or unlocked iPhones, but also killing them, if necessary. It's true that if you read carefully through this patent application, it seems a lot of it is focused on security: detecting unauthorized users through various means, and sending an alert to a device or restricting its use. However, jailbreaking and unlocking are mentioned as part of the patent application... Read more...
The JailbreakMe website which allows users to have a browser-based jailbreak for their iOS devices is great for jailbreakers, but works because of a vulnerability in iOS: the iPhone automatically downloads PDF files, and the developer, Comex injected the jailbreak code into the FlateDecode stream section of the file. This is a clear problem for Apple and for non-jailbreakers. Why is it not a problem for jailbreakers? Well, once the device is jailbroken, you can patch the hole, to prevent malware from using the same trick to hack into your iPhone. The fix, or rather the workaround, comes from @cdevwill... Read more...
After losing a battle on Monday with the EFF over jailbreaking iPhones, which the U.S. Copyright Office clarified as legal, Apple decided it wanted to win the war. The company reminded customers that jailbreaking voids their warranty. What it didn't remind folks is how easy it is to un-jailbreak a device. Apple's official (yet unofficial) statement is: “Apple’s goal has always been to insure (sic) that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience. As we’ve said before, the vast majority of customers do... Read more...
Every three years, the U.S. Copyright Office convenes to consider exemptions to the DMCA's ban on circumvention of "technical protection measures." On Monday, the EFF, which had submitted three such exemptions for this go-round of the triennial process, announced that all three exemptions had been granted, meaning for one thing, that jailbreaking iPhones is now officially legal. Apple had said a long time ago that it considered jailbreaking iPhones illegal, but there was no legal basis in either direction. This exemption now means Apple can't take any legal action against jailbreakers, and it also... Read more...
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