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iPad jailbroken in a single day

updated 12:55 pm EDT, Sun April 4, 2010

Early hack gets root on iPad

iPhone Dev-Team member MuscleNerd revealed this afternoon that he has already managed to jailbreak the iPad after just a day of sales. The crack is a variation on the same "Spirit" jailbreak recently used to de-restrict iPhone 3.1.3 and, like the earlier technique, is believed to use a browser-based exploit as part of a trick to get root access and let unsigned apps run on the tablet. It's not yet evident how easily this could be made into an automated process for regular users.

A jailbreak was virtually expected following the iPad's launch, but the rapid discovery has shown that the iPhone 3.2 firmware used on the device hasn't patched all of the security holes that were present in the 3.1.3 code. Most jailbreaks to date have used vulnerabilities either in Safari or the OS itself to grant unrestricted access. The combination of the risk to users and Apple's own general discouragement of jailbreaking has led to many of these jailbreaks being rendered inert over time with firmware updates.

by MacNN Staff



  1. sailin74

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You can take any computer apart, or gain access to the code if you want to. There will always be those that want to run Frankenpad or Frankenphone set-ups. They aren't really the target audience for the iPad, but I bet if/when they break something, they'll be back in line a the genius bar complaining that it doesn't work anymore.

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  1. howiethemacguy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Big deal!

    They're not a "dev team". They're hackers with nothing better to do, but jack around with Apple's creations. I don't mind hacking, but these people seem to want to push this sort of thing into the mainstream. Next, we'll have all sorts of exploits floating around the web that make the iPhone OS less secure... All because these people wanted to get a name for themselves by hacking the OS. I'll keep my iPhone, and future iPad unhacked. If I ever choose to unlock them, it will be something I do without broadcasting it all over the Internet.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Good news for those early adopters. I still think it shouldn't be necessary to fight your vendor for access to your own computer, and so I'll stick with buying computers I can access on my own terms in a supported manner. I'll jailbreak my iPhone, because I needed a phone, so I may as well have the best, but I didn't need an iPad, so it's not worth buying one just so I can fight Apple for it. The computer revolution to touch interfaces can't happen until Apple lets their users use their devices as they see fit.

  1. Mark Hernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969



    As a developer, I don't see how the iPhone OS will ever NOT be jailbreakable. But the ability to jailbreak the devices is all made irrelevant by the design of the "controlled" (not closed) ecosystem of preapproved apps that can even be remotely killed if anything cleverly malicious actually gets through.

    What hackers and geeks want from the iPhone and iPad is irrelevant. The iPhone and iPad is for a particular marketplace out there that may include geeks, but clearly it hits a sweet spot by delivering what a vast majority of non-geeks want.

    To this marketplace, they don't notice that they can't download apps in complicated roundabout ways from non-approved places that could wreak havoc on their devices. What they can get now is already overwhelming, but still totally accessible because of its "controlled" consistency and simplicity.

    To suggest that the ability to jailbreak the system is somehow a vulnerability, expressed or implied, is misinformed and fear-mongering (which in my opinion is one of the cheesiest things people do in our world.)

  1. facebook_John

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    Joined: Apr 2010


    Re; Big Deal

    As hackers, these guys are bringing to light some of the fatal security flaws in the iPhone OS. These are all issues that can be used by criminals to take over phones and steal data. By publishing these exploits for the world to see, the Dev Team is allowing Apple to fix the holes in its system. A browser hole like that is a huge deal, because a bad guy can simply set up a website to exploit this hole and execute remote code on an iPad.

  1. MhzDoesMatter

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh please

    Get off your high horse. I'll jailbreak my iPad as soon as its out of the box just like I did my latest iPhone because I want to do things with my device that it can't do by default. The hackers that then "DEVELOP" methods for others to do this are heroes to me and the rest of the community that does.

    If you like your iPad the way it is, fine. Us jailbreaking our devices does nothing to hurt yours and you villifying jailbreakers does nothing to change the situation.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Goes to prove...

    There's just no point to investing millions to prevent the inevitable. Why not just offer the iPad open. It took under 24 hours to set it free. This whole cat and mouse game is just dumb. Ive had a jailbroken phone for months modded to be a million times better than the stock version. Heck, with all my mods, I've been using iPhone 5.0 for the last 8 months and it's been rock solid.

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  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The jailbreakers...

    The jailbreakers, of any device, are just spoiled children. They inflate their fragile egos and present themselves as some sort of experts. I know dozens of people with iPhones and not a single one of them has jailbroken their phone. None of them even considered it. These false experts want you to think they are some secret majority when they are in an extreme, tiny, minority. If I ever do run into a jailbreaker, and all of them absolutely love to brag about it and pose, I will have a good belly laugh at their expense. Posers all. Pathetic losers.

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "I still think it shouldn't be necessary to fight your vendor for access to your own computer"

    And hence you've hacked your DVD Player, Wii, PS3, and so forth? Let me guess -- none of them work anymore? But hey dude, you are free! Free as a bird!

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    But my DVD or PS3 aren't even close to being able to replace any of my computers with something better. This thing is starting to get close, but the software isn't there yet, and Apple hasn't articlutated whether they ever intend to cater to power users with these products. It's frustrating to see a device so capable of becoming a general-purpose computer, one that can run a stream ripper or bittorrent client if I want, something I could buy instead of a laptop, not in addition to one.

    It's pretty apparent that this is the direction we're headed with these touch devices; as you make an iPod Touch larger and more capable, it becomes harder to convince people that it's not just another computer platform. When Apple is investing their resources in actively fighting jailbreakers, taking capabilities away from their customers, it seems a much worse investment than committing those resources instead to catering to those same customers, expanding the market for the device in the process. It's unacceptable that the content industry business partner interests are valued more than those of end users, which seems to be what is currently taking place. Allowing centralized interests to gain a foothold in controlling the PC market, where bottom-up consumer interests and individual empowerment have reigned since the dawn of the PC revolution Apple started, is a dangerous precedent.

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