At a time when millions of iOS jailbreak lovers around the world have been waiting eagerly over the last few months for an iOS 6 or 6.0.1 untethered jailbreak for newer Apple devices like the iPhone 5, iPad 3 and iPad 4, a number of fake websites are trying to take this opportunity to fool people and make some quick money out of it.
But the truth is that no iOS 6 or iOS 6.0.1 untethered jailbreak exists as of now. Though the hackers are busy working on the exploit, the time hasn’t come for any concerning ETA.
iPhone Dev-Team member @planetbeing did bring some ray of hope about 3 weeks ago when he tweeted a photo of the iPhone 5 running the IntelliScreenX Cydia tweak. But since then, there has been nothing but a long silence from him.
So what have prominent jailbreakers like @pod2g, @planetbeing and MuscleNerd been doing?
During a panel discussion at the Hack in the Box conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia just over a month ago, hackers including @pod2g, @planetbeing, MuscleNerd and mdowd talked about some interesting stuff related to iOS 6 untethered jailbreak.
[From left to right is Mark Dowd, pod2g, HITB’s l33tdawg, MuscleNerd and planetbeing. Source: YouTub/HITBSecConf]
On Friday, a video [embedded at the end] of the full hour-long talk was uploaded on to YouTube that provided some key points regarding the much awaited untethered jailbreak:
- Although @pod2g is busy with his day job, he has started working on the iOS 6 jailbreak. According to him, he and @planetbeing have divided the work between them. While @planetbeing is working the kernel exploits, @pod2g is working on finding a userland exploit, trying to find a vulnerability to trigger the code execution.
- Mark Dowd, aka mdowd, said that Apple had patched up the security in iOS 6 that made it very difficult for jailbreakers to write kernel exploits.
- MuscleNerd threw light on the significance of baseband hacking and software unlocks nowadays. He said that this kind of hackings are nearly irrelevant today as it has become very easy for third-party vendors to add IMEIs to Apple’s unlocked device database.
Another well-known iOS hacker Joshua Hill, aka @p0sixninja, is also reportedly working on getting the encryption codes for iBoot that could help dumping the bootROM. A bootROM dump would, in turn, make untethered jailbreaks for future iOS devices much easier to achieve.
Meanwhile, users of iOS devices running iOS 6 or beyond are recommended to stay away from the phony jailbreak websites that are claiming to provide iOS 6 and iOS 6.0.1 untethered jailbreak. For any updates, visit the websites of the iPhone Dev-Team and the Chronic Dev Team. You can also follow the prominent hackers on Twitter for any state-of-the-art information.