As we await the release of Comex’s JailbreakMe 3.0, a roundabout method has been uncovered for jailbreaking the iPad 2 on the latest version of iOS.

Comex’s jailbreak got briefly leaked online over the holiday weekend, and a hacker named Ryan Vanniekerk has put together a complex tutorial on how to use the JailbreakMe 3.0 files to set up your own web-based exploit for all iDevices running iOS 4.3.3 and below!

After the JailbreakMe exploit was leaked online, all links were quickly pulled. Some managed to successfully jailbreak the iPad 2 while the files were still available online, but most missed the opportunity. Ryan Vanniekerk was actually able to, through some clever web server trickery, get his hands on the JailbreakMe 3.0 source files. He has published a detailed how-to on his personal blog for those wishing to try his method.

“After a bit of digging I happened across a relatively inconspicuous comment that lead me to believe that the “unable to download jailbreak files” was attempting to connect directly to Comex’s server (located at in order to download the existing jailbreak files. However, the files attempting to be downloaded were the exact same files that had already been leaked earlier in the day, they simply existed in a separate location.

My first thought was to spoof a local webserver with the same IP that the jailbreak is connecting to in order to make it look for the files there instead.  After a bit of tinkering around I finally managed to bypass the 403 error and successfully jailbreak my iPad 2!”

While it’s definitely cool that Ryan was able to hack his way into this situation, we don’t recommend trying this at home. Ryan’s tutorial involves reconfiguring your router and manipulating your DNS settings. This tutorial is not for the faint of heart, and the best thing to do is just wait for Comex’s official release on

Ryan does note in his post that this is an “experimental beta” and should be treated as such. If anything happens to your Mac or iPad 2 during the process, know that you have been warned.

We see no real point in trying Ryan’s method when JailbreakMe 3.0 should go live today (if all things go according to plan). Last night, a “We’ll be back soon” banner appeared on, and we expect the site to go live sometime today.

Let us know if you go ahead and try Ryan’s workaround for the iPad 2 jailbreak. Our guess is that most people will just wait for the official release.

[Cult of Mac]

  • Funked

    I’d love to try this, my inner geek is almost getting the better of me! But I’m going to wait for comex to release the official version. The 4.3.3 PDF may still have bugs and such, which comex has most likely ironed out ready for prime time. It would be cool to do all this nerdy DNS spoofing, but I think I can wait a few hours for comex to work his magic 🙂 thanks for the post though!

    • Anna Miller

      i am beginning to lose my faith in the integrity of this site – these tidbits of jailbreak info probably increase your traffic but that will temporary if you don’t fact check your ‘facts’……

  • i really like your blog but i hate it when i click a link within the text because it just opens idb again with what i clicked as keyword….

    this just keeps your stats high (maybe you need that) and it is not comfortable to use/read. i would appreciate it if you could change that to normal usage.

    • Hey Term/978

      I wanted to jump in and tell you more about why we link to other pages on iDB. We usually link to other articles on iDB or to what we call “tag pages”, or topic pages, which are pages that list all the article we wrote before about one specific topic (for example where you can see a list of all the jailbreak apps we’ve talked about).

      Sure this helps with page views but the main goal is to provide more resources to you, the reader. When we link to a previous article from inside a new post, it’s so you can check it out because it is related to what we’re writing. Likewise, if we write about a new jb tweak, anyone can click the “tag link” and see all the tweaks we wrote about.

      I actually find this system very handy.

      I understand your frustration and hope you can see where we’re coming from with that. Besides, cross linking within your blog is a very normal thing for every blog. Check any blog out there, and you’ll see they all do the same thing.

      Hope that helps.


      • The tagged pages actually help me incase i miss out a previous article and the new article includes infor fom previous article i can just open that in new tab and quickly rea to follow up on all info

    • Mick

      lol just don’t click on them, if they weren’t links you wouldn’t so why should it matter ?? I read the posts on here fine without feeling the need to click on the highlighted words lol

  • Alvysyngr

    Totally agreeed. Wait and receive a final release

  • Pukka

    I was lucky enough to jailbreak when it was up last but damn this title was too misleading. I actually thought jailbreak3.0 was live. Nobody is going to follow those steps anyway.

  • Chris

    Stop posting headlines that are complete bs. You get everyone’s hopes ups thinking we can really do it. You should have said Yet another method to try to jailbreak your iPad 2 !!!! Think before you post !!!

  • kokhean

    I got a mini heart attack.

    • Pukka

      I think we all did

  • Some people maybe exaggerating this, but yeah some articles do have headings that send out a different msg, so maybe better heading for some articles would be appreciated

  • Jorge

    Hahahaha just to gain some traffic, title is

  • mrTurkey

    My fingernails are bitten off…

  • Hey SP.

    i’m not frustrated. Didn’t know that this issue is such a red cloth for you 🙂

    i understand that you want to give us all informations you got and i also understand the meaning and sense of tags and keywords.

    But: i dun know any other blog which links (nearly) solely to his own articles in such a dimension.
    the only way to use the links in an iDB article on a pc/mac is to hover the mouse over the links and read the reference. but thats not possible on a mobile device nor in a reader app.

    i dont want to tell you how you should use tags, keywords and so on or how you should write your articles.
    but imagine the following situation: you are on one’s way, grab your iphone, open mobileRSS, find an interesting article on iDB, read it, click a link and you will never reach it b’cause it references to iDB.

    not a nice user experience.

  • Dave

    Very very misleading title!!
    Way to go IDB!!
    Getting our hopes up like that and than feeling crushed, since it is not true!

    • We apologize for the headline being misleading, but it is “true.” You can jailbreak the iPad 2 right now. We’ll try to make posts like these more clear from the get-go in the future.

    • Tbv

      I totally agree with you. VERY misleading title. I have been waiting for the last few days for the official release of Jailbreak Me 3.0.

      • Tbv

        I meant to say I agree with Dave. Shame on you IDB for the misleading title. Some of us are waiting for the official jailbreakme 3.0 by Comex,not a pirated version.

  • Kamesh Jain

    Guys… I think we should give Dev team their due respect and wait till they announce the jailbreak officially rather than finding links…
    Comex must be having some reason for not releasing the jailbreak, I don’t think they get any fun in holding back their efforts!

  • Steve NO job

    Please respect the Dev @comex , do not trust the leaker , wait for official release from comex
    In comex we trust

    • Vedrisha

      I couldn’t agree more.

  • Juan

    how funny to the posters complaining about a misleading title. I just uploaded the “saffron” files to my server.. I can.. in fact… jailbreak right now…

    Just because you can’t figure out how to utilize the linked article doesn’t mean this post has a misleading title.

    • Term/978

      have fun with that

  • ic0edx

    Comex will not release the official Jailbreak because of these idiots.

  • Pukka

    And that chances the above post is actually from comex???

    • We’re looking into it right now.

    • It’s fake. We’ve deleted the comment.

  • Alvysyngr

    Comex is too literate to post such a poorly written statement, not to mention he would (I think) post to twitter before a public forum.

  • I’m waiting for the official release.

  • upgrade to 4.3.3 I told you my boy won’t let us down

  • nicknowsky

    @ijack I 100% agree, and throughout this whole leak jailbreka debacle I keep finding more and more decieving headlines.

    But getting back to the issue, im loving my jailbroken iPad 2. I jumped on the leak at 8am Sat. morning. First off its a harmless leak, you couldnt mess anything up even if you wanted to. Its an old PDF exploit. You cant brick your iPad and you cant break it with this beta. And no it isnt buggy, its great. This is really the most important jailbreak ever, it makes this iPad 2 into a whole new device

  • The promotion to jailbreak based on Comex’s leaked files seem wrong and contradictory to iDB’s position on the matter a few days ago.

  • JayCee

    Did this on 4.3 and it works FLAWLESSLY! If you have a WIFI only Ipad 2 on 4.3 there is no reason to wait…