Apple has delivered a significant blow to the world of jailbreaking and all those waiting for an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 by finding and patching up the jailbreak-prone exploits in iOS 5 betas discovered by the Chronic Dev team.
I was excited to announce that the Chronic Dev team had already discovered 5 different exploits for use in our upcoming jailbreak, Joshua Hill aka p0sixninja, one of the Chronic Dev team members, wrote on a blog post. Unfortunately, that announcement was a bit premature, because in the subsequent weeks, Apple found & patched a (critical) few of those exploits, between the beta versions we used for testing and the final release of iOS5 on October 12.
According to the Chronic Dev Team, Apple found and successfully patched the exploits by using its iTunes-based crash reporting system. One of the primary challenges in working with userland exploits is that, every time any program crashes on your iPhone, a 'crash report' is generated and instantly sent back to Apple, posixninja wrote.
But now, as posixninja said, the Chronic Dev team has unveiled its new master plan as part of an all-out, no-holds-barred information WAR. In order to avoid losing vital exploits any further, it has come up with a new program that requires you to attach your iOS device to your computer and click a single button.
Chronic-Dev Crash Reporter
As part of its master plan, the Chronic Dev team has released Chronic-Dev Crash Reporter, a new tool that can collect crash reports from the user's iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
First of all, users need to download the tool to their Mac computers and then they need to launch it. While the Chronic-Dev Crash Reporter is running, users need to plug the particular device into their computer. Users also need to ensure that they quit iTunes when the tool launches. You can find a detailed tutorial for using the tool here.
The program copies all the crash reports off the device and sends them to a secure, private server hosted by the Chronic Dev Team. After that, the program sterilizes the user's copy of iTunes by changing the settings, which will prevent the computer from sending any further diagnostic information from the user's device to Apple. Posixninja explained:
Using this agglomeration of your crash reports and our ninja skills, Chronic Dev will be able to quickly pinpoint vulnerabilities in various programs by using the same techniques Apple currently employs. At the very least, your data will help point us in the direction of which applications are the most vulnerable, so we can focus our time & energy on these with laser-like intensity. And, of course, this will also prevent Apple from accessing all your valuable data, just so they can then turn around and use it against you.
If you are keen to be a part of the plan to help the Chronic Dev team find a proper iOS jailbreak, go ahead, but at your own risk. According to a 9to5mac report, Apple is likely already working on iTunes and Mac OS X security updates to battle this move from the Chronic Dev team.
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