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Hackers jailbreak iPhone 3.0 beta 2 firmware

updated 09:40 am EDT, Thu April 2, 2009

iPhone 3.0b2 jailbroken

Only a day after the release of the second iPhone 3.0 developer beta, the firmware has already been jailbroken, hackers claim. A new version of QuickPWN, described as "unofficial" because it is not based on iPhone Dev Team work, opens up iPhones and first-generation iPod touches for purposes such as file browsing and loading unofficial apps. Second-gen Touches are incompatible as a result of Apple's separation of the firmware line.

After the main software is launched, the hack additionally requires the installation of programs called Icy and OpenSSH. The successful jailbreak of iPhone 3.0 was generally not anticipated so quickly, as changes made for the iPhone 2.0 firmware made it significantly more difficult to crack than v1.x. Apple has also taken an increasingly stringent stance against jailbreaking, calling it a violation of the DMCA. More recently the company has inserted anti-jailbreaking references into its NDA, which could theoretically land the creators of QuickPWN in trouble.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Rolando_jose

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Good thing that "Apple forbids jailbreaking..."

  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969



    For the record, this article is misleading in the way that it refers to Apple's recent change of the NDA as disallowing jail-breaking.

    In the article you link to for detail, (your own), you say the agreement was changed to:

    "... explicitly disallow jailbreaking, assisting in jailbreaking, and developing and distributing jailbreak apps."

    In fact, only the second and third items in that statement are true.

    The new agreement says nothing about a developer jailbreaking their iPhone, or using a jailbreak, or using a jailbroken phone. It merely says that you can't as a developer also be a developer of jailbreaks or jailbreak software or jailbroken apps. You also can't assist in jailbreaking or distributing jailbreaks or jailbroken software.

    It doesn't "disallow (the use of) jailbreaking" as you imply in both articles. It merely says if you develop for the iPHone using the SDK, that you shouldn't also (at least publicly or legally), be responsible for jailbreaking the iPhone.

    All perfectly reasonable, standard contract stuff.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    For great freedom!

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Article...

    ...about Apple allegedly disallowing jailbreaking was also posted April 1st on ArsTechnica as part of their April Fool's pranks -- glad to see it being reported as bona fide news on MacNN....

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: The article

    Big deal. The Washington post yesterday posted an article from PC World about a new super advanced Tivo.

    If they can do that, and they've got a 'real' editorial staff, stop complaining about MacNN.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What this really means is that there are developers out there who are violating the agreements they signed. Who would ever want to trust any of these liars and fools? Simply, they are so smart why don't they form their own Apple-type company, and hire developers just like themselves? Only then will they (maybe) get it.

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