Items tagged with Jailbreak

The good spirited folks over at GreenPois0n.com have just released Absinthe 2.0, one shot of which will jailbreak your iPod, iPhone, or iPad device running iOS 5.1.1. Absinthe 2.0 has been much anticipated and represents a "large collaborative effort between Chronic-Dev Team and iPhone Dev Teams," not to mention "many sleepless nights," all so you can rest easy knowing you stuck it to Apple with jailbroken code. There are some things to keep in mind. First, this release is only for iOS 5.1.1, which is the latest version of iOS out there. So in other words, be sure you've fully updated your iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Another thing to bear in mind -- and this is a big one -- is that this release does... Read more...
It may have taken forever and a day, but owners of iPhone 4S smartphones and iPad 2 tablet PCs running the latest stable build of iOS (5.0.1) can finally jailbreak their Apple gear. Don't take it for granted. The Chronic Dev Team, which unveiled the iOS jailbreak code on Green Poison, said hacking the A5 isn't exactly a walk in the park. "The ridiculously complex combination of exploits-within-exploits that make this iOS jailbreak possible have consumed thousands of hours of brain-power & effort from a legion of world-renowned hackers, several of whom have been working diligently on this project since the dual-core A5 processor was unveiled by Apple last March," the Chronic Dev Team said.... Read more...
Siri is the most compelling reason to upgrade to an iPhone 4S, but it's obvious that Apple's locking the software to that particular phone in order to convince iPhone 4 owners that they just have to have the latest and greatest. Why, technically speaking, won't Siri work on other iOS devices? Looks like it's due to a choice of Apple's. But thanks to genius hackers roaming the planet, there's a new solution. Spire is a new solution that allows for Siri to be installed previously unsupported, but jailbroken, devices. Spire is a small download, but while installing it will download Siri itself (directly from Apple). The whole process uses around 100MB of data, so you definitely want to be on Wi-Fi... Read more...
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 gotten around the patch. Alas, the jailbreaking method does not yet work for the iPad 2 (for which... 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, the browser-based hack will take care of the rest. Any news of jailbreaking always has to carry the... 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 below:   (Image Credit: MuscleNerd on Twitter) In the first screenshot you can see the iSSH client... 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 have to plug it back in to your host computer each time you restart your jailbroken device. The... 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 for now) Noticeably absent is the iPad 2, an odd omission considering it works with the iPad 1.... 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 upgrade they have to install at the time of the LTE upgrade will take. Motorola says: Hey hey! Check... 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 the PS3 root key. Sony has asked for the private information of @KaKaRoToKS, @gnihsub, @pytey, @bl4sty,... 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 it's coming soon, but as with any new Apple product or platform version, the question is when. Once... 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 technology Cydia acquired via Rock Your Phone, you can now login with your Facebook or Google account.... 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 like." The technology would be a little invasive, to say the least, with the potential to record... 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 which along with some of the measures Apple proposes, has to raise eyebrows. Now, it should... 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 on Twitter on Monday. cdevwill's change will present a user with a warning whenever a PDF file... 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 not jailbreak their iPhones as this can violate the warranty and can cause the iPhone to become unstable... 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 would appear to free those rooting Android phones to do their work as well. The EFF also applied... Read more...
A number of iPhone worms have been released recently, all targeted at jailbroken iPhones. On Saturday, Sophos reported on a new worm that is a lot more malicious than these earlier attempts. Of the ones we reported on recently, the first was a little on the lame side, although it forced you to restore your iPhone, if you didn't want to pay a 5 euro "blackmail fee." The second was just plain silly, and more proof-of-concept, and all it did was "rickroll" your iPhone. There was a third iPhone worm that uploaded your iPhone data to a site, and that is along the same lines as this new one. The reason these worms only attack jailbroken iPhones is that if you jailbreak your device, and do not reset... Read more...
There's one thing Apple is right about with respect to jailbroken iPhones: they are less secure. At least, unless you take some precautions, that is. A Dutch hacker took advantage of that situation, but all he really wanted was some pocket change.On the other hand, we doubt jailbreaking will end life as we know it, as Apple believes.According to a forum post, the hacker broke into jailbroken iPhones on T-mobile Netherlands. Typically, SSH is turned on for jailbroken iPhones, allowing a user to log in via Terminal and run standard UNIX commands. However, if you want to do that, you really need to change the default root password. As is the case with many routers, which can be broken into the same... Read more...
We wrote earlier that Apple has called jailbreaking "illegal." At the same time, however, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed comments with the Copyright Office asking for an exemption to the DMCA so that cell phone owners can unlock their phones (their "Free Your Phone" campaign), as well as be able to legally "jailbreak" their iPhones. On Friday, the Copyright Office held the first of its hearings in the triennial exemption process. Scheduled to appear was Apple Vice President of iPod and iPhone Product Marketing Greg Joswiak. Why is Apple's interest so heightened this time? While obviously Apple is less concerned with DRM nowadays, having removed it from the iTunes Store, this... Read more...
You'll remember that Apple has previously called jailbreaking iPhones illegal. Yet a recent patent application submitted by Apple uses images of a jailbroken iPhone to make their case. The attorneys at Kramer, Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, who submitted the application in Apple's behalf are probably red-faced; I wonder if Steve Jobs has called them to the mat for this yet. You can see the image above has an icon for Installer.app, SMBPrefs and the iWood Realize theme, all stuff you need a jailbroken iPhone to run. At any rate, the less "exciting" portion, and what should have been more exciting of this story centers around biometric security that would be embedded in Apple devices. Examples... Read more...
We know how protective Apple is with the iPhone, going to great lengths to make sure users can only install "approved" applications, but a way around that is to jailbreak the phone. Given that, Apple has filed comments (.PDF) with the U.S. Copyright Office, as part of the 2009 DMCA triennial rulemaking, claiming that jailbreaking an iPhone constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation. The Electronic Frontier Foundation doesn't agree.  And why would they? They've already filed their own comments with the Copyright Office asking for an exemption to the DMCA so that cell phone owners can unlock their phones (their "Free Your Phone" campaign), which shows their opinion along these... Read more...
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