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iJailBreak automates iPod touch hacking

updated 10:35 am EDT, Mon October 15, 2007

iJailBreak opens up Touch

A 13-year-old coder going by the alias of "AriX" has released iJailBreak, a tool meant to automate the process of hacking the iPod touch. Two previous pieces of hacking code are used: first is the TIFF exploit developed by "Niacin" and "Dre," while the second is iPhuc, a program meant to grant command-line access to an iPhone via desktops. Once run, iJailBreak can be used to simplify the installation of unofficial software on a Touch. iJailBreak is covered under v2 of the GNU General Public License, and available for download from Google Code; currently at v0.2.1, the app will only run on Intel Macs with Mac OS X Tiger, but a PowerPC version is said to be in development.

The Niacin/Dre hack was first revealed just last week, and allows read and write access to both iPhones and iPod touches. Critically, it is compatible with Apple's v1.1.1 firmware, which notoriously disabled all previous third-party code, including software that allowed non-AT&T SIM cards in the iPhone. Niacin and Dre warn that their hack is currently very tenuous; should Apple fix the TIFF flaw in a later update, the hack will be broken, and users will have to manually reset their devices.

by MacNN Staff




  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good thing

    I guess it's a good thing that these hacking utilities are finding security holes for Apple to fix. Keep up the good work, guys!

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    security holes...


    ...and as soon as Apple fixes them (which they HAVE to do, obviously), the whining will start again.

  1. boazh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And then...

    ...another security hole will be discovered to allow more hacking, Apple then will patch it, and... Will it ever end? I guess it's good that someone is doing the work for Apple, but why Apple won't just open iPod Touch/iPhone to 3rd parties? c'mon Apple...

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