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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 Donkey2008 on 10/11/2010 2:54:11 PM , Rating: 2
And they say iPhone owners are self absorbed. Yikes.

To use your logic, most iPhone owners are out driving their Toyotas. They go offroading (ever see an FJ?) or go street racing, yet still drive their daily commutes to work effectively. By contrast, most Android owners have their BMWs or Mercedes parked in the garage and they are too busy "customizing" the radio to ever bother with actually driving it. People actually use iPhones instead of just customizing the desktop 90% of the time.

I cannot count how many times a supreme Android owner has showed me how their phone makes "transformer" sounds or how cool their animated wallpaper is. Heck, on at least 10 occasions I have had an Android owner show me how it plays Youtube videos "because it has Flash and iPhone doesn't", without even realizing their own ignorance of the capabilities of iPhone. At least when an annoying iPhone owner is showing me a new app they installed, it has some use other than eye candy.

Sorry, but this whole "open platform" thing has yet to pan out. If and when it does, Android will have a better platform, but for now the iPhone provides much more useful experience for the average user. If you are a high-level user, jailbreak your iPhone in 5 minutes and you have an open source market equal, if not better, than the current Android market.

RE: Call me crazy but...
By Chocobollz on 10/12/2010 4:33:02 AM , Rating: 2
If you are a high-level user, jailbreak your iPhone in 5 minutes and you have an open source market equal, if not better, than the current Android market.

Good, and 5 minutes later, Steve Jobs wakes you up from your dream.

RE: Call me crazy but...
By bfellow on 10/12/2010 9:54:22 AM , Rating: 2
If Justin Long jailbreaks his phone, then obviously every "I'm a Mac" person should jailbreak theirs!

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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