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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. Bill69's Avatar
      Bill69 -
      yo so what i dont get is cant apple, when 2.0 or 1.2 whatever you want to call it comes out, just make that little exploit in the lower levels of the bootloader fixed so that this doesnt work anymore? i mean apple will lock us out again? or is this one unstoppable?
    1. kstewart71's Avatar
      kstewart71 -
      Not that I necessarily want Windows (Though the ability use WindowsMobile apps would be kinda cool)....but a different OS other than the one it's using...Just a general question. By the way I have always had Windows Phones and have never had one single issue with the software, just the hardware.
    1. DirtyDan's Avatar
      DirtyDan -
      This will be very awesome!
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by reeko View Post
      why is everyone so hype over this? what extra things will this bring us that we cant do already? jailbreaking+unlocking an iphone is hardly time consuming, and we can already make and install our own 3rd party apps. i might be missing something? what is the hype?
      Oh no, you're iPhone breaks or something happens. You can:

      1- Restore
      2- Jailbreak/Unlock
      3- Re-install apps

      or

      1- Restore using a custom firmware pre-unlock, pre-jailbroken, and with a selection of choice apps you want on your phone.

      Now choose.
    1. secretmrx's Avatar
      secretmrx -
      I really really hope this is released like tomorrow or even today...

      I keep checking ModMyI like every 5 mins to see if it says "Pwned Released" but no...

      Waiting...

      ...
      ...
      ...
    1. dlubbat's Avatar
      dlubbat -
      LOL same here I can not wait until this is released. I am guessing it will be released on Monday or Tuesday
    1. thirdaccount22's Avatar
      thirdaccount22 -
      poop
    1. Mann22's Avatar
      Mann22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by atorres062 View Post
      I never heard of iPwn, is this another way of jailbreaking? can someone explain?
      not to be mean...but reading is FUN-DA-MENTAL!

      Quote Originally Posted by kstewart71 View Post
      By the way I have always had Windows Phones and have never had one single issue with the software, just the hardware.
      you must be the only person in the world who can say that...God is definitely on your side.
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      This still dosen't explain how they can change the boot logo? or did i miss something?
    1. whodatfan's Avatar
      whodatfan -
      I'm curious if you will be able to save your phone modded in its current state (like right now my phone is on 1.1.4 fully macked out and loaded with apps, themes, fixes, etc...) or start from scratch with a new stock firmware and customize it to where you are now and then save that one. Sure would be nice to extract an already customized firmware from the phone. Or is that even possible?
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Quote Originally Posted by whodatfan View Post
      I'm curious if you will be able to save your phone modded in its current state (like right now my phone is on 1.1.4 fully macked out and loaded with apps, themes, fixes, etc...) or start from scratch with a new stock firmware and customize it to where you are now and then save that one. Sure would be nice to extract an already customized firmware from the phone. Or is that even possible?
      That's the significance of this feature It will make things a lot easier. Simply plug it w/ itunes .. shift click to the .ispw and you will upgrade to the latest version with your current jailbroken state.
    1. llol_slim's Avatar
      llol_slim -
      might we get to the stage where we wouldnt need itunes?
      The reason I ask is I wonder if itunes may stop us being able to shift click?
      Apologies if that is a laughably stupid question
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      That's the significance of this feature It will make things a lot easier. Simply plug it w/ itunes .. shift click to the .ispw and you will upgrade to the latest version with your current jailbroken state.
      Ok, question. If this is true, will you still have all your contacts/apps/etc and just the latest firmware will be added. I have a 1.1.2 jailbroken phone that I dont want to upgrade because i dont need the google map thingy and damn it, i just love my phone the way it is without having to relearn/redo any thing. So, will everything I have done to my phone stay the same except for the firmware ( and I assume the bootloader will also remain the same??). If this is true, damn I cant wait!!!
    1. iphonehacker123's Avatar
      iphonehacker123 -
      when is this coming out?? do u know exact dates? let me know. Thanks
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Quote Originally Posted by ninthchamber99 View Post
      Ok, question. If this is true, will you still have all your contacts/apps/etc and just the latest firmware will be added. I have a 1.1.2 jailbroken phone that I dont want to upgrade because i dont need the google map thingy and damn it, i just love my phone the way it is without having to relearn/redo any thing. So, will everything I have done to my phone stay the same except for the firmware ( and I assume the bootloader will also remain the same??). If this is true, damn I cant wait!!!
      Exactly. And judging by the response rate i'm anticipating there will be many of us in these forums who will post there own .ispw creations and have them available for the public. For example if you want to have a full 1.1.4 version with OpenSSH, BSD Subsystem, CameraPro & iSnake preinstalled without going on installer you can do so.

      Quote Originally Posted by iphonehacker123 View Post
      when is this coming out?? do u know exact dates? let me know. Thanks
      no dates are known as of yet. We are hoping by EOW.

      Quote Originally Posted by llol_slim View Post
      might we get to the stage where we wouldnt need itunes?
      The reason I ask is I wonder if itunes may stop us being able to shift click?
      Apologies if that is a laughably stupid question
      There are always ways to get around shift clicking
    1. tntmorgan's Avatar
      tntmorgan -
      Quote Originally Posted by likwidfuzion View Post
      The most valuable thing I see out of this Pwnage method is the fact that I can possibly create an .ipsw ghost image of my iPhone. That way when I need to restore, I don't have to reinstall or sync my entire iTunes backup again. That would be a HUGE time saver.
      I hear ya on that. I hate having to reinstall programs and everything and the music takes forever!
    1. mwr_allen's Avatar
      mwr_allen -
      Zinjen, Its nice to think that there will be lots of people posting their own pre modded .ipsw files on modmyi.com but as its been stated earlier in this thread that its illegal for modmyi.com to host these files, wont it also be illegal for modmyi.com members to host these file in the forums as its still indirectly hosting within this site?

      Also I agree with Reeko on the argument that a pre modded .ipsw is not that much of a use at the moment because if you think about it, how long does it take to do a full hack on the iPhone with ZiPhone 2.5, it took me about the same time as to go and make a cup of tea and a couple of slices of toast one morning and it takes maybe 3 - 4 minutes to do a restore/upgrade through iTunes. Also the more applications/files you add to the modded .ipsw file the longer it will take to restore/upgrade.

      I still think this is an amazing breakthrough in development for the iPhone but at the moment its easier just to use ZiPhone although I feel that if the 1.2 software proves to be extremely hard to jailbreak, unlock & activate then the modded .ipsw route will be much easier and safer to do.
    1. rp4k's Avatar
      rp4k -
      Ver. Iplus 2.0 is very sweet and 2.1 isn't far behind, http://ipluspwns.blogspot.com
    1. GrandmaPearl's Avatar
      GrandmaPearl -
      this is going to be great but will it work when we upgrade to 1.2 or 2.0?
    1. screamo's Avatar
      screamo -
      hey zinjen, they changed the boot image just by changing that file. In the de they have planted the plain apple image, the devs just replaced it with a different apple logo image. At least that's what I heard