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Hackers crack iBoot, dual-boot 1.x iPhone firmware

updated 11:15 am EDT, Mon July 14, 2008

iBoot; iPhone dual-booting

Hackers have managed to penetrate to one of the deepest levels in the iPhone 3G's software, according to claims. The makers of the PwnageTool say that in working on v2.0 of their software, they have managed to crack "iBoot," the command line used to communicate with the 3G's equivalent of a BIOS. iBoot is said to be present because iTunes requires a lever for restoring a phone; normally, however, iBoot is said to be "heavily restricted," permitting only Apple code. The only access layer deeper than iBoot is said to be in ROM, and so any further anti-unlocking efforts could force hardware changes.

The team meanwhile says it has achieved a means of dual-booting older iPhones that use the v1.1.x firmware. On a phone currently loaded with v1.1.1, for instance, people can allegedly create a separate v1.1.1 partition, and then upgrade the main one to v1.1.4. The technique requires downgrading to iTunes 7.5 however, and knowledge in accessing base drive commands.

iBoot hack


Talking to iBoot? from iphonedev on Vimeo.




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  1. Grrr

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Clever..

    Evidently these guys are smart. So good luck to them But damn, they'd get some more credibility if they only got rid of their kiddy h**** 'pwnage' name for something a little more grown up.

  1. luminousnerd

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    2 things

    Grrr: Grow a sense of humor. What do you want, "Bureaucratic Association of iPhone Hackers, inc" or some s***? No. Pwnage is cool.

    Question: Does this mean I could dual boot genuine 2.0 software with jailbroken software? Because that would be sweet...

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    damn you got pwned! :)

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