Saturday, June 5, 2010

Latest progress and new updates.

Well, it's been a few months since my last blog post. Since then the iPad has been jailbroken and 3.1.3 untethered jailbreak has been released (a few days later than I had predicted but the delay was for a good reason). Also, within this time, I've been hard at work developing quite a few new tools for the community (since I still don't have a real job to occupy my time), and I've already released a number of them. A few of them include:
  • idevicerestore: A new tool capable of restoring IPSWs to devices without the help of iTunes. Also capable of doing other neat stuff such as upgrading stock firmware without flashing nor (to preserve jailbreaks) or baseband (to preserve unlocks).
  • ideviceactivate: A new utility to designed to activate devices without the help of iTunes. Hopefully soon this will even allow users to activate unlocked devices, or devices without an official AT&T SIM.
  • spirit-linux: An open source version of the Spirit jailbreak for the Linux platform (and possibly soon others).
  • libirecovery: A library to help developers communicating with iBoot, iBSS, iBEC and DFU, as well as a brand new, completely rewritten, and MUCH improved irecovery.
Also, we've begun publishing the source for some of our greenpois0n components to help new developers start learning and building their very own jailbreak programs. Each one of these components is named after a different poison and all are available under the GNU Public License on our Chronic-Dev Github Repositories.
  • GreenPois0n Cyanide: Is a cross-platform iBoot payload toolkit to help developers discover new vulnerabilities and design super fast, low-level iBoot jailbreaks and exploit payloads, much like the way blackra1n/purplera1n works.
  • GreenPois0n Anthrax: Is a cross-platform iPhone ramdisk toolkit to help developers design extremely stable and portable ramdisk jailbreaks, much like the same way quickpwn/redsn0w works.
  • GreenPois0n Dioxin: Is cross-platform MobileDevice toolkit designed to help developers design awesome userlevel jailbreaks, much the same way spirit jailbreak works.
  • GreenPois0n Arsenic: new, cross-platform custom firmware toolkit to help developers design jailbreaks to help preserve baseband and keep unlocks, much in the same way PwnageTool/Sn0wBreeze works.
Along with all that, I also have a long-overdue, updated, and improved version of genpass, which is used to generate vfdecrypt keys to decrypt iPhone filesystems. This I plan on posting as soon as 4.0 leaves beta. Still, there's a whole lot to look forward to in the near future. The new iPhone4g is rumored to be announced in only a few days. Hopefully, soon after the iPhone4g is released, we'll finally get the new unlock, discovered by Sherif Hashim and implemented by iPhone Dev Team (and/or geohot), a new untethered iBoot vulnerability (the one I talked about in my last post) which was discovered by both geohot and Chronic-Dev Team, and even, (possibly, the holy grail of exploits), a brand new bootrom code execution vulnerability discovered by myself personally (and probably geohot too of course).

That's a LOT of work done in such a short amount of time, but we honestly couldn't have done it without the amazing help and support of this wonderful community. Now, I'm calling on you again to help us out. Help keep us up-to-date with the latest apple devices. Since the new iPhone4g is planned to be announced very soon, I'm starting my new iPhone4g donations fund. We hackers are all kids at heart and need new toys to help keep us motivated and interested in developing new exploits and tools to keep the community happy and supplied. Also, since many of you will be upgrading to the new iPhone4g soon, I want to point out that many of us hackers are still struggling to work with old iPhone2g and iPod1g devices, so even just donations of old or broken devices is a priceless gift to us. I'm confident you will all rise to the occasion and lend us a hand so we can continue to pursue our research and development efforts. Thank you all for all your loving support in the past and your continued effort to help make this one of the largest and most diverse communities on the planet.