A few months ago the jailbreak dream team achieved a long-cherished success by announcing the release of Absinthe, an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 for iPhone 4S or iPad 2 powered by Apple's A5 chip.
Now, it seems the jailbreakers are back to work once again in an effort to find an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system.
With the release of the firmware update, Apple patched all previous exploits, which means that anyone, who upgraded to iOS 5.1, lost his earlier jailbreak. The only exceptions here are the A4 devices, which can still be jailbroken. But hold on, there is some real good news for those who have updated their devices to iOS 5.1.
French iOS hacker Pod2g took to his Twitter account Wednesday and announced that he and his team are now in possession of all the required exploits to start working on a new jailbreak.
News: we have all exploits required to do a new jailbreak. I'm working on bypassing ASLR at bootup, Pod2g tweeted.
The announcement comes from Pod2g just a month after he revealed that he had found some pieces of a userland jailbreak for iOS 5.1, but insisted that it was still some way off, Cult of Mac reported.
What Is ASLR?
ASLR stands for Address Space Layout Randomization. It is a computer security method, used to randomize data on the RAM to help prevent some types of security attacks from taking control of the system by making it more complicated for an attacker to predict target addresses.
Apple first used ASLR in iOS 4.3 in order to add extra security for the operating system, and thus get in the way of jailbreak attempts. However, hacker Charlie Miller came up with a solution for ASLR at Pwn2Own later on and a jailbreak eventually followed thereafter.
Progress Is Significant, But Still Way To Go
The announcement made by Pod2g is indeed an encouraging one for the many waiting for a public release of an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1, but it doesn't necessarily mean that a release is taking place anytime soon. It does mean that the efforts to create the jailbreak are going along nicely, but there is still no estimated time of arrival for an iOS 5.1 untethered jailbreak.
After Pod2g's announcement on Twitter, iOS hacker Grant Paul, better known as Chpwn, reminded users that it would take months before the jailbreak is actually ready for public release.
Remember: just because all the exploits are found doesn't mean that a jailbreak exists - it's likely months away from first working at all, Chpwn tweeted.
Twitter Conversation Between Pod2g and i0n1c
On March 17, the entire jailbreak community got a pleasant surprise as reports surfaced, saying that the new iPad had been jailbroken untethered by the iPhone Dev Team and that three jailbreak methods had been successfully tested on the new iPad. Thus, it was confirmed that not just one, but three different third generation iPad jailbreaks were created, thanks to hackers MuscleNerd, i0nic and Chpwn.
After Apple's new iPad went on sale around the world in March, i0n1c himself announced via Twitter that he had jailbroken his new iPad untethered.
Okay my iPad3,3 is now untethered jailbroken..., i0n1c tweeted.
The announcement was followed by another update by the hacker, providing a video as proof of his untethered jailbreak. But i0n1c didn't make the exploit, due to which he had to face many criticism.
On Wednesday, after Pod2g provided the status update on the iOS 5.1 untethered jailbreak, a conversation took place between him and i0n1c, in which they were fighting over the free jailbreak and the issue of earning money through donations.
From their conversation, it looked like i0n1c didn't want to release his 5.1 untethered jailbreak for free, while Pod2g seemed to disagree with i0n1c.
iPhone Dev Team's MuscleNerd later showed up and suggested to make a live Google+ video hangout this week among them, which, according to him, would be more useful than 140 [characters].
Lots of interesting topics between @i0n1c and @pod2g tonight. Maybe a Google+ Hangout (video) this week would be more useful then 140chr?, MuscleNerd tweeted.
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