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  • Pwnage - Custom Modded Firmware through iTunes


    Now here's one we've been waiting for. You remember seeing the AMAZING Videos.

    The long and short of it? After "pwn"-ing your iPhone using this method drummed up by the Dev Team, you can install custom .ipsw files directly through iTunes. Huh, say you? It means, open iTunes, Option/Shift Click Restore, choose your modded firmware file, and voila - jailbreak/unlock/Installer/Cydia when its done restoring! No extra steps!



    They will release two tools when this is public - iPwn to Pwn your iPhone, and .IPSW Builder to "modify the .ipsw filesystem, i.e. pre-jailbreak, pre-unlock, pre-activate, and create a complete custom .ipsw installation. In case you are already unlocked you can even tell it to disable the baseband update, just in case. Restore or Update from iTunes with custom .ipsw file and Voila! no more hassles after that."

    And they've even given a TON of info on how they did it.

    Not bad, guys. Not bad.

    Dev Team via Digg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Pwnage - Custom Modded Firmware through iTunes started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 154 Comments
    1. ipodtouch-freak's Avatar
      ipodtouch-freak -
      you just do something to your ipod touch and than with modded firmware through itunes it works? because im on 1.1.2 and updating via ziphone isnt working because of "minor maior"
      does it work with ipod 16gb?
    1. MrBucket101's Avatar
      MrBucket101 -
      im so very confused

      With these tools will it be possible to make a screen shot per say of everything that is on our iPhone?

      So our ipsw file will contain apps mods etc that we did... OR will we need to modify a stock ipsw file.

      i think it would be awesome if they could make a custom ipsw out of what was on our iPhone, so that way we could all have sort of a "restore" ipsw
    1. jkfox121's Avatar
      jkfox121 -
      This is great, I'll finally be able to install Cydia Packager without having to have Nullriver Installer.

      The possibilities are amazing!
    1. mwr_allen's Avatar
      mwr_allen -
      Is there any chance of bricking your phone with this method as Ziphone even tells you that there is a chance that you may brick your phone with Ziphone if you dont know exactly what you are doing.
    1. eddie817's Avatar
      eddie817 -
      welcome, monsterpacks!
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      Very cool! I seriously can't wait to start modding some firmware!

      And to answer the question about a 'patch' so that everything is legal: We just don't know yet. First we must see what the dev team is offering in terms of custom firmware creation/editing. In the motorola world, one could create a firmware file with only certain parts such as Language or Bootscreen.
    1. DeCode's Avatar
      DeCode -
      Waiting Here for earlier release..

      Keep it up!
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Wow - thats amazing.

      They've released so much information that Apple is bound to path that vulnerability soon.

      But thats ok - coz they'll pwn it again.

      Does this unlock the phone too?
      I dont think Anysim 1.1.4 is on Installer?
    1. Eiswritsat's Avatar
      Eiswritsat -
      this is sweet, i cant wait
    1. llol_slim's Avatar
      llol_slim -
      please excuse my lack of knowledge, but I have just been reading "what is Pwnage?" and it says
      ""Pwnage is based on an exploit found in the lower levels of the iPhone/iTouch bootloader.""
      does that mean that we are (once released) untouchable by apple?
      What I mean is, the fact that it is in the bootloader and not hacking the firmware after its installed mean that no matter which version of firmware we restore to it will still work?

      Will apple be able to patch the vulnerability with firmware updates or will they only be able to protect it in a new release of the iphone from the factory? Meaning that "we" have won the battle with current models?

      hope that makes sense...
    1. capttanhowdy's Avatar
      capttanhowdy -
      Wow this sounds so cool... Let me ask you all this... I have an unlocked phone that I had paid a guy 70 dollars to do for me and its unlocked on 1.1.2. but I am hoping to get the latest updates. I had put an ad on craigs list for someone to teach me to do all this on my own but everyone is being gypsys and trying to charge me and arm and a leg... is there anyone here that would not mind helping me out? maybe over the phone and walking me thru it? Odd req I know
    1. ma5t3rw1tt's Avatar
      ma5t3rw1tt -
      I bow down to the Dev-Team. Thats freaking sweet. Congrats Dev-Team!
    1. madrich's Avatar
      madrich -
      What is the difference between
      iplus and ipwn?
    1. julianqm2's Avatar
      julianqm2 -
      Nice!
    1. Flatbeats's Avatar
      Flatbeats -
      now im torn, update from 1.1.1 to 1.1.3 using ziphone or wait from the dev team to release this.
    1. ipirate's Avatar
      ipirate -
      Damn! that is some sic ****,it's a bit over my head but I get the jist of it cnt wait to test it out, I honestly wonder what next will these guys come up with, DEV TEAM bigup!!!!!!

      Quote Originally Posted by Flatbeats View Post
      now im torn, update from 1.1.1 to 1.1.3 using ziphone or wait from the dev team to release this.
      Y not both? it's not a big chore to upgrade these days
    1. Sadow's Avatar
      Sadow -
      Sweet!!! Maybe this will open up a whole new gateway to customized firmware like the psp scene.
    1. mwr_allen's Avatar
      mwr_allen -
      Capttanhowdy, If you want to update to the latest software you can and then you can just download ZiPhone 2.5 from http://www.downloadziphone.org/ and unzip the contents and run ZiPhone while you have iTunes running then make sure your iPhone is turned off and then hold the home button while connecting the phone to the iPhone dock and continue holding it until iTunes detects the phone in restore mode then just tick the options that you want to run on ZiPhone and start, its that easy.

      I have run this on a OTB 1.1.2 upgraded to 1.1.4 and it worked fine for me.

      Although you need to stick to the right way to do this otherwise there is a possibility that you could brick your phone but ZiPhone tells you this in the program but stick to this method and you'll be fine.

      There are lots of video tutorials on this subject if you want by just searching youtube or just check out www.ziphone.org

      Hope you get what you need.
    1. iCity11's Avatar
      iCity11 -
      Sweet Action
    1. Drakenza's Avatar
      Drakenza -
      This is very interesting, but why would they release it now?

      Firmware 1.2 beta will be reaching the payers sometime soon, which means there may be a leak. The fact is, however, that the beta can be tweaked last minute by Apple to get around this hack (it seems that the main issue for Apple is related to mere security checks). It's likely that 1.2b will patch this, which means it won't work on 1.2 final.

      The fact that the Dev team released so much information about the exploit shows that they have something bigger planned for 1.2 and they don't mind letting this exploit be blown away... Or maybe they genuinely believe that Apple can't fix this one...

      Whatever, I'm excited