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  • iOS Hacker iH8sn0w Discovers iBoot Exploit, His A5(X) Devices Now Jailbreakable for Life


    On Saturday, well-known iOS hacker iH8sn0w made an interest-perking Tweet about the fact that his A5 and A5X devices were jailbroken for life thanks to the help of a newly-found very powerful iBoot exploit. iH8sn0w is known for his efforts in sn0wbreeze, iFaith, the recently-released p0sixspwn jailbreak, and more.

    The hacker went on to explain that the iBoot exploit isn't the same as a bootrom exploit, but that if used correctly, it can yield very useful results. He also claims that it's "just as powerful."

    iH8sn0w also notes that if the exploit were released to the public in any way, Apple could easily patch it with a software update, so he will be keeping it to himself for now in the hopes that the exploit may present some usefulness in future jailbreak efforts.

    In addition, iH8sn0w says he will be playing around in the future with A6 and possibly A7 devices to see if the exploit will be of any use on newer devices. We'll keep you updated on anything he might find.

    Sources: iH8sn0w
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS Hacker iH8sn0w Discovers iBoot Exploit, Makes A5(X) Devices Jailbreakable for Life started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 37 Comments
    1. lighter's Avatar
      lighter -
      if the exploit were released to the public in any way, Apple could easily patch it with a software update
      How is it for life then?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by lighter View Post
      How is it for life then?
      If my understanding is correct Apple can update iBoot on devices they make after it would be released. However Apple does not update iBoot on devices already made and sold (too risky I believe). Just as powerful as a bootrom exploit in that Apple won't patch the ones out but more easily patched by Apple on the devices they havent made and sold yet, whereas a bootrom exploit would require new hardware to fix in newer devices.
    1. LOD-squa's Avatar
      LOD-squa -
      Quote Originally Posted by lighter View Post
      How is it for life then?
      Because if it is not released to the public, it is for life. :P (being a smarty)
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      I know the Apple TV version 3 and Apple TV version 3 rev. A disable their USB port until fully booted. Does this mean we can't exploit iBoot there?

      Quote Originally Posted by lighter View Post
      How is it for life then?
      Probably because it allows you to retain the exploitable iBoot through an update or is something you can backup now and restore even after patching by Apple. It sounds to important to burn for A5X devices only so I do want them to fully investigate the possibilities of applying the method to other devices before releasing it.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      I know the Apple TV version 3 and Apple TV version 3 rev. A disable their USB port until fully booted. Does this mean we can't exploit iBoot there?
      MuscleNerd said something about the Apple TV 3 NOT being included.
    1. JollyRogger's Avatar
      JollyRogger -
      My understanding is (And this is a guess)

      This exploit enables a hacker to have root access to any A5 device so he can work from the inside and create a jailbreak. The jailbreak wont use this exploit so will never be released to the public. It's easier to tunnel out of IOS rather than try and break in

      Jolly
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lighter View Post
      How is it for life then?
      It's not. He said "his" devices are untethered and jail broken for life."
      It's a bold statement probably designed to get this kind of attention. Isn't he the same guy that recently burned a valuable exploit to release a jailbreak for iOS6? Thanks for that buddy.
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Can someone remind me, which iDevice models use the A5 and A5X?
    1. micro_master's Avatar
      micro_master -
      From what I understand, it enables you to somehow get access to FW keys which helps in creating cfws.
    1. jvelasco's Avatar
      jvelasco -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      Can someone remind me, which iDevice models use the A5 and A5X?
      it is not relevant ... is for iPhone 4S
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      MuscleNerd said something about the Apple TV 3 NOT being included.
      Disappointing.

      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      Can someone remind me, which iDevice models use the A5 and A5X?
      iPad 2, iPad mini, iPhone 4S, Apple TV 3, and iPod touch 5G.

      Quote Originally Posted by jvelasco View Post
      it is not relevant ... is for iPhone 4S
      What are you talking about? A5 and A5X are in a lot more than just iPhone 4S. Also, how is an iPhone 4S JB4life exploit "not relevant?!" iPad Mini, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, and Apple TV 3, and iPod touch 5G are all still current products. Lightning has been out only one year and yet only 2 of the 5 devices listed even have a 30-pin dock connector (microUSB on ATV )! Of those only the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 are feeling long-in-the-tooth. While this may not be great news for my Apple TV 3, it is great news for my 64GB iPod touch 5G and iPad mini. In particular, it will increase the resale price of my mini now that I have an A7 retina mini that isn't Jailbroken for life. Sure, it won't be much like Apple TV 2 vs. Apple TV 3, but it's something.
    1. angry_kreyon's Avatar
      angry_kreyon -
      Quote Originally Posted by jvelasco View Post
      it is not relevant ... is for iPhone 4S
      it may not be relevant to you, but those of us using iPhone 4s's that have no plans to spend another $600 to get a 5s may just think it's plenty relevant, if I can keep my 4s jail-broken for another 5 to 10 years or so I will be happy! I still use my iPhone 4 as an iPod since I got the 4s, and love having it be customizable to my taste, so if it fits into the scheme of this post it too will have a nice long after life! just sayin'
    1. Cswee7311's Avatar
      Cswee7311 -
      😄😃😃😃😃
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      To clarify, ih8sn0w's 5(X) devices are jailbroken for life - nobody else's. It can't be released publicly, but it's still useful in potentially speeding up future iOS jailbreaks.
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      He is an attention whore. That is it. This will never see the light of day (as in public releases) and seeing how many official jailbreaks this guy has released, nothing to be excited for other than it being shared with the evad3rs or others alike.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      If my understanding is correct Apple can update iBoot on devices they make after it would be released. However Apple does not update iBoot on devices already made and sold (too risky I believe). Just as powerful as a bootrom exploit in that Apple won't patch the ones out but more easily patched by Apple on the devices they havent made and sold yet, whereas a bootrom exploit would require new hardware to fix in newer devices.
      Similar to the 3GS situation?
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      Who wants an a5 device for a lifetime anyways?
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Because apple will never update their iboot unless their is a public exploit affecting many devices, because it is so risky to alter an Iboot.
    1. Jabbacks's Avatar
      Jabbacks -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      If my understanding is correct Apple can update iBoot on devices they make after it would be released. However Apple does not update iBoot on devices already made and sold (too risky I believe). Just as powerful as a bootrom exploit in that Apple won't patch the ones out but more easily patched by Apple on the devices they havent made and sold yet, whereas a bootrom exploit would require new hardware to fix in newer devices.
      Yeps... u got dat right dude... agree with you 1000000%
    1. XweAponX's Avatar
      XweAponX -
      THIS is why there should never ever be an "Open Source" jail break release- there are things like this which apple should never get their hands on