Category: Cydia


Apple Is Beta-Testing A Fix For Evasi0n Jailbreak

All good jailbreaks must come to an end.

Late last week Apple released an update for iOS to developers in beta that prevents the use of the popular jailbreak software evasi0n, according to one of evasi0n’s creators who tested the patch over the weekend, David Wang.

Wang tells me that he’s analyzed the 6.1.3 beta 2 update and found that it patches at least one of the five bugs the jailbreak exploits, namely a flaw in the operating system’s time zone settings. The beta update likely signals the end of using evasi0n to hack new or updated devices after the update is released to users, says Wang, who says he’s still testing the patch to see which other vulnerabilities exploited by the jailbreak might no longer exist in the new operating system.

“If one of the vulnerabilities doesn’t work, evasi0n doesn’t work,” he says. “We could replace that part with a different vulnerability, but [Apple] will probably fix most if not all of the bugs we’ve used when 6.1.3 comes out.”

That impending patch doesn’t mean evasi0n’s time is up, says Wang. Judging by Apple’s usual schedule of releasing beta updates to users, he predicts that it may take as long as another month before the patch is widely released.

When evasi0n hit the Web earlier this month, it quickly became the most popular jailbreak of all time as users jumped at their first chance to jailbreak the iPhone 5 and other most-recent versions of Apple’s hardware. The hacking tool was used on close to seven million devices in just its first four days online.

Despite that frenzy, Apple has hardly scrambled to stop the jailbreaking.  Evasi0n has already gone unpatched for three weeks. That’s far longer, for instance, than the nine days it took Apple to release a fix for Jailbreakme 3.0, the jailbreak tool released in the summer of 2011 for the iPhone 4, which was by some measures the last jailbreak to approach Evasi0n’s popularity.

Apple’s slow response to Evasi0n is explained in part by the relatively low security risk that the tool poses. Unlike Jailbreakme, which allowed users to merely visit a website and have their device’s restrictions instantly broken, Evasi0n requires users to plug their gadget into a PC with a USB cable. That cable setup makes it far tougher for malicious hackers to borrow Evasi0n’s tricks to remotely install malware on a user’s phone or tablet.

Security researchers have nonetheless pointed out that Evasi0n could give criminals or spies some nasty ideas. The tool uses five distinct bugs in iOS, all of which might be appropriated and combined with other techniques for malicious ends. And F-Secure researcher Mikko Hypponen points out that if a hacker used a Mac or Windows exploit to compromise a user’s PC, he or she could simply wait for the target to plug in an iPhone or iPad and use evasi0n to take over that device as well.

More likely, perhaps, is a scenario described by German iPhone security researcher Stefan Esser. He argues that a hacker could use a secret exploit to gain access to an iPhone or iPad and then install evasi0n, using the jailbreaking tool to hide his or her tracks and keep the secret exploit technique undiscovered by Apple and unpatched. “That way they protect their investment and leave no exploit code that could be analyzed for origin,” Esser wrote on Twitter.

Apple already has a more pressing security reason to push out its latest update. The patch also fixes a bug discovered earlier this month that allows anyone who gains physical access to a phone to bypass its lockscreen in seconds and access contacts and photos.

When Apple’s update arrives, the team of jailbreakers known as the evad3rs may still have more tricks in store. Wang tells me that the group has discovered enough bugs in Apple’s mobile operating system to nearly build a new iOS jailbreak even if all the bugs they currently use are fixed.

But then again, Wang says he hasn’t yet been able to check Apple’s patch for every bug it might fix–either the ones evasi0n employs or those he and his fellow hackers had hoped to keep secret for their next jailbreak. “If they patch most of the bugs,” Wang says. “Then we’re starting from scratch.”

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Source: Forbes

iOS 6.0.1 already jailbroken — for some devices

iOS 6.0.1 users can now jailbreak their devices, but there are some bumps in the road.

The latest version of the iPhone Dev Team’s Redsn0w can jailbreak iOS 6.0.1 devices, Redmond Pie confirmed today after testing the update.

However, not everyone can take advantage of the effort at this point.

The jailbreak works only on iOS devices powered by an A4 chip or lower. People who own the iPhone 5, the newest iPads, or the latest iPod Touch are out of luck. The jailbreak takes advantage of the Limera1n exploit, which can’t handle the A5 or later chips.

That leaves just the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and the iPod Touch 4G as prime candidates. The iPod Touch 3G and the original iPad don’t support iOS 6.0 or higher.

The jailbreak is also a tethered one. So after you shut down or reboot your device, you’ll need to connect it to your computer to return it to a jailbroken state.

Apple, or course, isn’t too fond of jailbreaking, a process that allows device owners to unlock certain features and install apps not found in the App Store.

The iPhone maker once tried to argue that the action violates its copyright. The U.S. Copyright Office recently ruled that jailbreaking is illegal on tablets and gaming consoles but not on smartphones.

Source: CNET

Jailbroken iOS 5 devices: No OTA updates for you

The iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad crowd got understandably excited with the word that the next version of iOS, iOS 5, will finally usher in over-the-air (OTA) updates for the platform. Android device owners have been enjoying OTA updates from the beginning, and finally Apple is cutting the cord for device updates. Folks are already using beta versions of iOS 5 even though it won’t officially appear until later this year, and the early adopters discovered that the first iOS 5 beta update just released OTA will not work on jailbroken devices.

Android device owners are already familiar with the lack of OTA updates on rooted devices, the equivalent to the jailbroken iOS device. Rooting or jailbreaking is the process owners go through to allow unofficial software to be installed to serve functions the official OS doesn’t support. It has long been understood that rooting an Android device ends OTA updating, and it is now clear the same will apply on the iOS front for jailbroken devices.

Those using beta iOS 5 report you can still apply Apple updates by connecting to a computer via USB cable, so all is not lost. Getting OS updates OTA is a much better alternative to cabling up a device, so those with jailbroken iPhones may need to rethink that once iOS 5 is officially released.

Ryan:  I say disable Automatic Updates in iTunes (Apple only seems to be updating iOS when new Jailbreaks are released), and stop tethering completely!

Source: ZDNet

JailbreakMe.com back online, easy iOS jailbreaking for all!

JailbreakMe.com. the web-based jailbreak tool for (almost all) iOS devices, is back online once more after a long hiatus.

The process is simple and pain-free. Just visit the website in the Safari browser and click the FREE button to begin the process. It uses a PDF exploit to carry out the hack and it’s very fast – and there’s no need to connect your iOS device up to a PC or Mac to do it.

Because the hack relies on a know known PDF exploit, the developers of the hack recommend installing “PDF Patcher 2″ in Cydia once you’ve jailbroken the device.

The following devices are supported:

  • iPad1: 4.3 through 4.3.3
  • iPad2: 4.3.3
  • iPhone3GS: 4.3 through 4.3.3
  • iPhone4: 4.3 through 4.3.3
  • iPhone4-CDMA: 4.2.6 through 4.2.8
  • iPod touch 3g: 4.3, 4.3.2, 4.3.3
  • iPod touch 4g: 4.3 through 4.3.3

The only iOS devices that aren’t supported are the 1st and 2nd generation iPhones.

 

For more information check out the Q&A here.

Source: ZDNet

Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 4.3.3 Now Available

If you recently upgraded to iOS 4.3.3 that fixed Locationgate woes, you’ll be delighted to know that untethered jailbreak and unlock for iOS 4.3.3 is now available. The iPhone Dev-team have updated their PwnageTool and redsn0w programs so it’s now possible to jailbreak iOS 4.3.3 using Mac and Windows in a way that doesn’t require connecting the device to a computer each time it’s rebooted.

The iOS 4.3.3 untethered jailbreak is based on the exploit created by @i0nic for iOS 4.3.1. The updated redsn0w tool also allows you to turn on multitasking gestures, the team noted in a blog post. If you wish to unlock your device for use with any carrier, there’s an app for that.

To unlock an iOS 4.3.3 device, use the ultrasn0w tool. Remember that ultrasn0w at the time of this writing only worked with iPhone 4 baseband 1.59.00 and iPhone 3G/3GS basebands 4.26.08, 5.11.07, 5.12.01, 5.13.04 and 6.15.00. Use a custom IPSW to update to 4.3.3 in order to avoid updating your baseband. You may wanna use excellent ipswDownloader for Mac to easily find and download any iOS firmware build. This app also figures out your baseband version and tells you whether your iOS version can be jailbroken and unlocked. If you’re on Windows, download the f0recast app that checks whether your device is unlockable or tethered with a USB connect.

If you just want to perform an untethered iOS 4.3.3 jailbreak, I recommend handy step-by-step guides for redsn0w or PwnageTool. The below video shows how easy it is to perform an untethered jailbreak of iOS 4.3.3 via redsn0w 0.9.6rc15. For newbies, iClarified.com provides a wealth of jailbreaking and unlocking guides. And if you need a reason to jailbreak, Cydia creator Saurik has a few.

As for the iPad 2 jailbreak, it’s still pending per a note over at the iPhone Dev-team blog.

The iPad2 jailbreak remains under development. As you may know, the original exploit @comex developed in the first week of the iPad2 release was mysteriously fixed by Apple within days of its development. Partly because of this, don’t expect much public discussion of the iPad2 jailbreak until it’s actually finished and ready for release (and please avoid asking about it). In all liklihood, it will be a userland exploit like the first (unreleased) one, not dependent on bootrom dumps. The first one can’t be released even for those with the original 4.3 firmware due to legal (distribution) reasons.

 

Download the Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 4.3.3 Mac OS X version, here.

Download the Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 4.3.3 for Windows XP/Vista/7 here.

The PwnageTool Official BitTorrent Release, via BitTorrent, here.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac

Latest Version of Redsn0w Jailbreaking Software Released

As exciting as the recent release of the newest version of Redsn0w may be, there is one glaring issue: It does not support iPad 2. The popular jailbreaking software was recently released by Dev-Team, sending ripples of excitement across the Internet. Since jailbreaking a phone is no longer illegal, the practice is more widespread and popular than ever.

Within minutes of being debuted, the software was being downloaded by iPhone, iTouch, iPad and Apple TV owners around the world. Due to heightened security features on the newly released iPad 2, though, Redsn0w is incompatible with the device. Those who upgraded to the latest Apple tablet, then, are sure to be highly disappointed. There’s little doubt about a work-around being developed fairly quickly, though, so iPad 2 owners probably just need to sit tight.

The first successful jailbreaking of the iOS happened in 2007, when hackers from the #iphone IRC channel gained complete access to the iPhone’s file system. Initially, the only perk of jailbreaking an iPhone involved adding custom ringtones and wallpaper, which had been unavailable in earlier models. Apple imposes strict limitations on the types of software that its devices can and cannot support; by jailbreaking a device, it’s possible to install third-party apps. Jailbreaking also allows a person to use the iPhone with a carrier like T-Mobile, instead of being restricted to AT&T or Verizon, which are the two authorized carriers for the iPhone.

The latest version of Redsn0w, 0.9.6rc9, jailbreaks Windows and OS X devices in just a few clicks. Not surprisingly, there have been rumblings of a few glitches since its release. When run on Windows 7, for instance, Redsn0w might freeze up during ramdisk. If that happens, users should restart their devices. They then need to right-click on the Redsn0W app on their PC, select “Properties” and set compatibility to “Windows XP Service Pack 3.” Upon running installation again, it should work. It’s also important to note that, although it’s not illegal, jailbreaking a device does void its warranty; evidence exists that increases the risk of malware infections, too. For the thousands who jailbreak their devices successfully, though, such warnings are understandably disregarded.

Download Redsn0w 0.9.6rc9 for windows, here.  The Mac OS X version can be downloaded here.

Source: Yahoo! News

Apple rejects iPhone radiation measurement app over lack of “interest”

Tawkon, makers of a mobile application that measures cellular radiation, have been blocked from releasing their app for iPhone. In response, the company on Wednesday released the tawkon app for iPhone via the Cydia jailbreak.

Apple’s GSM iPhone 4 has been highly criticized for its antenna issues, and the relative ease with which users can completely block its reception with the “death grip.” Journalists coyly referred to the resulting fallout from this issue as “antennagate.”

While Antennagate was at its peak furor, an Israel-based company called tawkon Ltd. showed off how mobile phones actually emit more radiation when struggling to find wireless signals.

At the time, the company had a mobile app for BlackBerry and Android that measured how much radiation a mobile phone was emitting.

“All the information about the transmission power of the mobile phone is available on the device itself, in the cellular protocol stack that manages the cellular modem (baseband),” tawkon’s Scott Piro told me in August. “We use this information in the form of different RF parameters extracted from the device itself. We then take into consideration the proximity of the phone to the user (for example if the phone is held against the user’s ear or on the user’s lap) to help determine the actual exposure level at any given time.”

The company was awaiting approval for their app in the iOS app store, but it was rejected by none other than Steve Jobs himself.

“After encouraging discussions with iPhone executives at Apple Cupertino headquarters, their generous compliments about our application functionality and graphic appeal weren’t enough to sway the executive decision to reject tawkon from the app store,” said CEO and Co-Founder of tawkon, Gil Friedlander.

Friedlander tried to appeal to Jobs in an email explaining why tawkon is a useful and constructive application, but Jobs’ reply was brief, and to the point.

“No Interest.”

Because of this, tawkon today has released their iOS app for Cydia, an iPhone Jailbreak.

“We believe it is every phone user’s fundamental right to know the level of radiation they’re exposed to, and to take precautionary measures if they see fit. tawkon makes it easy for people to use their iPhone with lower exposure to cellphone radiation,” Friedlander said Wednesday.

Beliving fully in the service its application provides, tawkon has set up a public petition to get iPhone users to show their support and try to get tawkon listed legitimately in the iTunes App Store.

 

Source: Beta News