Lucky 10s: First iPhone 4 iOS 4.1 Jailbreak Will Air 10/10/10
October 8, 2010 10:25 AM
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Apple won't be able to fix this one without hardware changes
is about to land. The Chronic Dev Team, a group of iPhone firmware hacking enthusiasts and affiliates of the well-known iPhone Dev Team, announced
that the new software is progressing nicely and should be released this Sunday -- 10/10/10. So what is greenpois0n and why should you care?
This clever piece of software, like the iPhone Dev Team's redsn0w, which preceded it, takes jailbreakers' war against zealously-restrictive Apple to new heights. It allows another unbreakable path to removing Apple's restrictions in the short term, applicable to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices running on iOS 4.1.
Apple has long begrudged purchasers of its devices the right to run software it finds annoying or morally offensive. From the
Flash multimedia player
to entertainment apps like a
South Park app
, many pieces of software have been banned from Apple's tightly locked App Store ecosystem.
Many technology enthusiasts appreciate Apple's mobile hardware, but don't appreciate Apple making these decisions for them, so they've worked together to defeat the software protections that Apple has installed to prevent free software installation. This process is known as jailbreaking (not to be confused with unlocking, which is freeing the phone of its carrier restrictions, e.g. AT&T in the U.S.).
Jailbreaking was long a legal gray area, but recent amendments to 1998's Digital Millenium Copyright Act have
formally legalized it
Apple's chief executive Steve Jobs has expressed a fervent disdain for these actions that borders on hatred. He has committed his company to "
a cat and mouse war
" with the jailbreakers. He complains that jailbreaking ruins his company's "magical" experience and his personal campaign to offer customers "freedom" from many
evils such as pornography and poor performance
If previous jailbreaking efforts irked Mr. Jobs, greenpois0n should be a worse blow. Most past efforts focused on exploiting the device's software (such as a previous exploit that
used a PDF vulnerability
in the Safari web browser to execute arbitrary code) or its firmware.
However, the new hack will directly use an exploit of the bootrom,
first discovered by the iPhone Dev Team.
Since Apple can't alter the bootrom, it will be powerless to stop its users from gaining freedom (well not Apple's definition of "freedom", but freedom in a typical sense), barring a hardware update. In other words, current model phones/iDevices should be permanently jailbroken.
About the only thing Apple
do is to try to roll out an update that detects jailbroken phones and breaks them. Apple has
tried this approach
in the past and has been
beaten back by lawsuits
. And such a measure would likely draw a public backlash, which is the last thing Apple given its fierce battle with a surging Android OS.
Ultimately, for Apple the new jailbreak is made more bitter in that they draw attention to the company's poor software and security performance. Among security professionals Apple's software has long been considered
buggy and easily exploitable
; Apple devices are only "more secure" in that they have traditionally either had a small market share or are entering into new markets which have not drawn significant exploitation interest yet.
So for Apple greenpois0n may be quite a bitter pill to swallow, but for customers it is a sweet and long awaited pathway to freedom.
The key difference between greenpois0n and the previous redsn0w is that greenpois0n can jailbreak the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G and Apple TV. Redsn0w uses the SAME bootrom vulnerability, but can only jailbreak the older iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 2G. Greenpois0n also adds linux support.
note -- beware torrents purporting to be greenpois0n. Antivirus software vendor Kapersky reports that hackers have
cooked up fake "greenpois0n" torrents
and downloads that really contain Trojan viruses.
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RE: This will reduce the Freedom of Apple users
10/8/2010 1:52:08 PM
everyone who missed your awesome and obvious 1984 reference needs to pick up the book and read until they get the Two Minutes Hate.
RE: This will reduce the Freedom of Apple users
10/10/2010 12:36:52 PM
Yeah, the reference is especially poignant given the original Apple commercial with its 1984 imagery. Apparently, to mix literary references, Steve Jobs now thinks, "four legs good, two legs better!"
"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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