What was to be a cat-and-mouse game between Apple and the iPhone hackers is turning out to be a formula 1 race between iPhone hackers. We are hearing that all is not right in the iPhone hacking community and has already resulted in a breakout group over @ toc2rta releasing their jailbreak method that combines the symlink hack with a TIFF vulnerability found in the iPhone v1.1.1 firmware’s mobile Safari.
The iPhone Dev Team was quick to respond by releasing their own method to jailbreak your iPhone on firmware 1.1.1. Find out all the details of their method after the jump.
The iPhone Dev Team’s method is currently applicable to iPhone’s that do not have their baseband modified as the iPhone Dev Team claim that "Apple has designed the 1.1.1 upgrade to permanently brick iPhones that have had their baseband modified to unlock the SIM."
The following is the summary of the steps that the iPhone hackers have explained in great detail in the readme document:
- Downgrading to 1.0.2 (if necessary)
- Preparing the iPhone for a jailbroken update
- Performing a software update, leaving you with a jailbroken v1.1.1
- Forcing v1.1.1 to mount read-write so you can access it
- Installing SSH and BSD world
- Activating with a Non-ATT SIM
- Patching SpringBoard to allow third-party applications
I am not sure about you but the latest series of iPhone hacks/jailbreaks have got me confused, so I will try to demystify it somewhat. Since Apple released iPhone firmware 1.1.1, we have seen not one but 3 ways of jailbreaking the iPhone.
The three jailbreaking methods are as mentioned below:
- iPhone hacker Niacin over @ toc2rta had released yesterday the jailbreak that combines the symlink hack with a TIFF vulnerability found in the iPhone v1.1.1 firmware’s mobile Safari. However, this method is still in beta.
- This was followed by a step by step guide over at iPhoneAlley to jailbreak the iPhone. However this method apparently is an early method of the iPhone Dev Team which seems to have been leaked.
- The third and hopefully the last one is iPhone Dev Team’s jailbreaking method summarized above.
It is difficult to say which one is the best but folks @ iPhoneSIMFree have incidentally used iPhone Dev Team’s jailbreaking method to successfully unlock the iPhone with firmware 1.1.1.
If you are not so technically inclined, I would again recommend you to wait as it is better to have iPhone applications like the Installer.app/AppTap for firmware 1.1.1 which will also make it easy to install third-party iPhone applications.
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