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Two bootrom exploits, two jailbreak solutions; only one can survive

Today was supposed to be the big day for GeenPois0n, an iOS 4.1 jailbreak tool based on the SHAtter exploit. However, Geohot dropped in to steal the show yesterday with the release of his own Limera1n tool.

The problem comes from the fact that Geohot's Limera1n tool uses a different bottom exploit than the one that was supposed to be released today based the work of the Chronic Dev Team and the iPhone Dev Team. Since Apple likely wouldn't release a new hardware revision for current generation devices to block the bootrom exploit, it would be useable until Apple releases its next generation iOS devices.

Instead of releasing two separate bootrom exploits in short succession, giving Apple the opportunity to kill both of them at once when the latest crop of iOS devices are released, the Chronic Dev Team has made the decision to delay its SHAtter-based exploit and instead release a new tool based on Geohot's implementation according to Redmond Pie.

The Chronic Dev Team states:

Thanks to the irresponsible antics of geohot, we will have to delay the release of greenpois0n (new ETA = as soon as possible), so that we have time to clean up his little mess and integrate the exploit he uses in limera1n into greenpois0n. This way, we can save SHAtter for future devices that may still be vulnerable to it.

We know that this is not what some people want to hear, but due to geohot needing to feed his ego (as usual) and revealing his limera1n exploit, we do not have any other responsible options.

The Chronic Dev Team seems especially peeved that Geohot's Limera1n is simply a beta release and has plenty of bugs in it, and that it was seemingly released a day before GreenPois0n just to steal the spotlight. In addition, Geohot's jailbreak only works on Windows-based machines -- for now.

But the good news is that a jailbreak solution for the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G is now available, albeit in less than optimum form. If you want to take your chances and use Geohot's solution, you can grab it here (Windows-only). However, it may be a safer bet until GreenPois0n is updated to take advantage of Geohot's exploit.

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RE: Call me crazy but...
By bbomb on 10/10/2010 8:48:13 PM , Rating: 2
Android 2.1 doesnt have Flash in it.

RE: Call me crazy but...
By MGSsancho on 10/10/2010 11:04:49 PM , Rating: 2
it has Flash Memory chips like any other phone =P

RE: Call me crazy but...
By Motoman on 10/11/2010 12:17:40 AM , Rating: 2 what point did I say anything about Android? At any rate, if a phone that I thought I wanted didn't support Flash, then I would no longer think I wanted it...regardless of the OS or anything else.

RE: Call me crazy but...
By vol7ron on 10/11/2010 11:17:26 AM , Rating: 2
Is "far more capable" really being debated?

1. Tethering

2. Unrestricting 3G - you know, those media files that will only download on WiFi because they're over 10MB

3. Task Manager - S.ucker Jobs says OSs done right don't need a task manager. He's right. iOS needs a task manager. There are a lot of processes that sit dormant in the background waiting to die. When I can free up memory and kill the application, I notice a huuuuge improvement in battery life over a fresh install.

4. Apps that can modify phone settings - I don't know if I would be able to live w/o a 5 column 5 row springboard anymore.

iOS was only a small improvement over iPhone OS 3, but in my opinion it is still lacking in major ways.

RE: Call me crazy but...
By theapparition on 10/11/2010 11:10:32 AM , Rating: 2
Then I guess it's a good thing Android 2.2 has been released?

Including the EVO that Brandon was initially talking about.

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