More good news for users who like to jailbreak their iOS device. MuscleNerd, member of the iPhone Dev team had just announced that he plans to release a major update for Redsn0w - their popular jailbreaking tool.
We now have RedmondPie reporting from MyGreatFest that iPhone hacker, Joshua Hill of Chronic Dev Team, better known by his Twitter handle p0sixninja has just announced that they’ve discovered not one but five userland exploits in iOS 5, which should help in releasing an untethered jailbreak for Apple’s upcoming mobile operating system.
MyGreatFest is the world’s first convention for the jailbreak community, which is taking place today. Members of the jailbreak community such as Saurik – founder of Cydia – the installer for jailbreak apps, p0sixninja and iOPK - members of the Chronic Dev team who had developed greenpois0n – a popular jailbreak tool were expected to speak at the event.
P0sixninja looked ecstatic when he gave the announcement a few minutes ago, in which it was stated that iPad 2 and the iPhone 5 can be jailbroken using five userland exploits which have been discovered over time. [..]
[..] What is even more fantastic about this news is how all of these exploits are userland ones. And as quoted by P0sixninja himself “it’s the record breaking number of exploits found”.
These userland exploits are, as suggested by the name, related to software. Unlike hardware-based exploits, these can be patched. A hardware revision wouldn’t matter that much in this case.
It looks like the userland exploits in iOS 5 were also discovered for Apple’s A5 processor that powers iPad 2 and it is widely speculated to also power iPhone 5.
Comex had used a userland jailbreak in JailbreakMe and Spirit, which have been the easiest solutions to jailbreak iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. However, unlike a bootrom exploit, a userland exploit can be patched with an iOS software update. We’ve usually seen Apple promptly releasing a minor iOS software update to patch the userland exploits.
Chronic Dev team had recently revealed that they’ve been actively working on an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5. It means that the Chronic Dev team could release an untethered jailbreak as soon as iOS 5 is publicly available.
The cat and mouse game between Apple and the jailbreak community just got a lot more interesting. As always, we’ll keep you posted if there are any further updates, so stay tuned here at iPhone Hacks or join our Facebook Fan page or follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our RSS feed.