iPhone Hackers have been able to Jailbreak iPhone firmware 1.1.1

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It has been only 2 days since I wrote an article providing the progress report on jailbreaking iPhone firmware 1.1.1 in which I had mentioned how the iPhone hacking community had achieved couple of milestones in their objective, however at that point of time it seemed to be early days. iPhone Dev Team has proved us wrong as Erica Sudan over @ Tuaw now an iPhone hacking legend has announced that they has been able to jailbreak iPhone firmware 1.1.1.

She adds that they are nowhere near releasing a tool that will make it easier to jailbreak your iPhone running on the latest firmware, however this is exactly the nitro boost the iPhone hackers needed to overtake Apple in their cat-and-mouse game with firmware 1.1.1.

In case you missed my earlier article on this subject, the two milestones achieved by the iPhone hackers to jailbreak the iPhone were the discovery of a TIFF buffer overflow exploit and figuring out a way to access iPhone 1.1.1’s filesystem using symbolic links. Read this article at iPhone Hacks, Firmware 1.1.1: iPhone Hacking Progress report on Jailbreaking the iPhone.

While Erica hasn’t provided much details of the specifics which has led to the jailbreak and if the above mentioned milestones helped in achieving this objective in anyway, she has provided us details on what this jailbreak means for us as of now:

  • Third Party apps run. Kind of. We probably have to recompile many of them for the new frameworks because many of them crash.
  • Springboard no longer recognizes DisplayOrder.plist. And the list of "whitelisted" apps (that is, the official Applications including Safari, Photos, Calendar, etc) seems to be hard-coded into Springboard.app
  • The iPhone has been activated via third-party workarounds.
  • The 1.1.1 binaries barely work with 1.0.2 — at least not well enough to run the music store without major hacking.
  • The Mobile Terminal App works on 1.1.1.
  • The entire bsd suite still works — as do standard command-line utilities compiled for ARM.
  • 1.1.1 references both com.apple.mobile.radio and com.apple.mobile.nike.

This is indeed great news on the iPhone hacking front after couple of weeks of lull. But it is still early days, as the iPhone Dev Team need to release a tool or set of instructions that will make jailbreaking easier which will eventually help third-party application developers to get their applications to work on firmware 1.1.1 till then the recommendation would be to stick to iPhone firmware 1.0.2. 

Congratulations to Erica (I am assuming she has played an active role in this as always), dinopio, asap18, netkas, Martyn, mjc, Niacin, BloomFilter, pytey, tE_gU, pumpkin, roxfan, sam, SmileyDude, NerveGas, Nate True, Arminius, DirectriX, ixtli, kroo, zibri, xorl, and the rest of the iPhone Dev team for the preliminary iPhone 1.1.1 jailbreak.

Don’t forget to tip the iPhone Dev Team for their effort to get us those cool third-party applications which Apple is hell bent on denying. Click here for more details on how to donate to the iPhone Dev Team.

Folks let me know your thoughts in the comments as its always good to find out what an iPhone owner is thinking on such occasions.

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