We are now going on two months (five, if you were using developer betas) since Apple released iOS 5, and we still don’t have a viable jailbreak. There have been tethered and semi-tethered solutions available, but not an untethered jailbreak tool.

The worst part is that we haven’t known how close hackers have been to releasing anything, until tonight. The Chronic Dev Team has finally broken its silence regarding the untethered iOS 5 jailbreak, and has revealed a new plan for finding future iOS exploits…

Joshua Hill, also known as the Chronic Dev Team’s p0sixninja, just published a lengthy blog post on the team’s Greenp0ison site. The post explains several things, including the current status of the iOS 5 jailbreak, and the team’s new exploit-sniffing app.

From Hill’s explanation:

During my JailbreakCon talk in September, I was excited to announce that the Chronic Dev Team had already discovered 5 different exploits for use in our upcoming jailbreak. 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 final release of iOS 5 on October 12. Sadly (and trust us, we are much more sad about this than any of you could possibly be), this has prevented us from being able to release a new jailbreak as quickly as we wanted to.

He goes on to say that one of Chronic Dev’s major problems is fighting the automatic crash reports that iPhones send to Apple when an application has crashed. Even with the setting switched off on the handset, iTunes can and usually still does send the data.

Using this information, which contains app crash history and other bugs, Apple is able to find and patch exploits before hackers can use them in building jailbreaking tools. So, Chronic Dev Team decided to use Apple’s own crash report software against it:

Instead of allowing this vicious cycle to continue, we decided to write a new program to turn Apple’s own beast against its master, per se. All this program requires from you is to attach your iOS device to your computer and click a single button!

At this point, the program copies all the crash reports off your device (which, under normal circumstances, would be sent right back to Apple), and instead sends this data to a secure, private server hosted by your friendly Chronic Dev Team. Next, our program needs to neuter your copy of iTunes, simply by changing your settings to prevent your computer from sending any further information from your device to Apple.

The Chronic Dev Team encourages everyone in the jailbreak community to download the crash reporter application. The more crash information they collect, the quicker they’ll be able to hunt down bugs, exploits, and anything else they need to build future jailbreaks.

And since the app also prevents crash data from being automatically sent to Apple, it will slow down the company’s effort to find and fix these bugs. If you would like to help out, you can grab the app from our Downloads page in the “Other Tools” section.

Update: We’ve added the Windows version of the crash recovery software to our Downloads page. Just follow the link above.

  • Ok so now we know why the delay….still no closer to knowing an ETA…

  • Haha now to learn how to send false crash information back to Apple’s servers and make them do what we will them to!. Haha that would be intense

  • nice plan Chronic-Dev team! i’m on it.

  • Anonymous

    This should be the best way to give them back a taste of it. Ha Ha I love to use it…but there is not available for Windows. can any1 advise?

  • When is it available for windows ?

    • It says this in the blog post! Why can’t people learn to read…

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t notice it in the blog post either, it’s easy to pass.

  • You could have just said within 24 hours. Maybe the guy can’t read. Wow propel are so ignorant.

    • those damn propels being dushes.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, why can’t people spell correctly?

      • douchebag… Are you happy now?

      • Anonymous

        BAM.

      • Anonymous

        I thought it was dushbag, but whatever.

        And yes. :p

    • Anonymous

      Wow, why can’t people spell correctly?

  • An updated/final Mac version as well as a Windows version will be available in the next 24 hours so dont forget to get it 🙂

  • Everone should use that with every device they own. And in addition folks please spread the word. 🙂

  • finally greenpoison

  • Anonymous

    -duplicate-

  • 10% only of iOS devices are jailbroken according to Saurik, so 90% of iOS users are still sending crash reports, due to the fact they will not download this application with that in hand it will only slow down Apple a bit, so please can anybody explain this to me completely. 🙂

    • Dylan Lewis

      it’s more of a way to help them find exploits

  • Anonymous

    p0sixninja, thx a lot for the update, very interesting stuff! That been known (that nobody is close to releasing an untethered jb), I’m gonna upgrade my iPhone 4 to a 5.0.1 semi-tethered jailbreak this afternoon.

  • Anonymous

    Lets say that 15% of iphone users used this application,what about the other 85% who don’t care about jailbreaking their devices or never heard of this app??. Apple is releasing updates every couple of months to patch these bugs so I don’t see how this app can be useful.

    • The C-Dev team hope to garner data from the “15%” who do send their crash reports to find new exploits. The “85%” who don’t jailbreak are not giving away anything to Apple anyway. The more iPhone users who use this tool the better as it’s hopefully helping p0sixninja and Co.

    • The C-Dev team hope to garner data from the “15%” who do send their crash reports to find new exploits. The “85%” who don’t jailbreak are not giving away anything to Apple anyway. The more iPhone users who use this tool the better as it’s hopefully helping p0sixninja and Co.

      • sorry but I’ve reread the post and what it means is that it’s just trying to stop participating iOS5 devices on sending crash reports to Apple 😀

  • Arrgh!…I just don’t want apple wins against those hackers who provide us with jailbreak tool, let’s support them with whatever we can do or at least download/install the application
    Thanks to @p0sixninja

  • Arrgh!…I just don’t want apple wins against those hackers who provide us with jailbreak tool, let’s support them with whatever we can do or at least download/install the application
    Thanks to @p0sixninja

  • keep getting error: could not upload crash reports!

  • Anonymous

    My question would be, with all the new features in iOS 5 and the features of my new iPhone 4s, why would I need to jailbreak… The only reason why I used to jailbreak is because of PDANet but I don’t wanna lose my unlimited data so… Why would many of us want to jailbreak now?

    • SBSettings, Winterboard, BytaFont, FolderEnhancer, etc..

      • Anonymous

        Word. N thts only to name a few!
        Infinidock, gridlock, display out, ifile, installous, mewseek, color keyboard, bite SMS, callbar & the list goes on n on………………..

      • Anonymous

        Word. N thts only to name a few!
        Infinidock, gridlock, display out, ifile, installous, mewseek, color keyboard, bite SMS, callbar & the list goes on n on………………..

    • Anonymous

      Here is the simple example why they need jailbreak.
      There is no option to change keyboard colour in stock iOS.

    • Anonymous

      SMS gv extension. BiteSMS. $180 savings a year right there.

    • Anonymous

      SMS gv extension. BiteSMS. $180 savings a year right there.

    • Anonymous

      There is about 10000 reasons to have a jailbreak.

    • Anonymous

      There is about 10000 reasons to have a jailbreak.

  • Anonymous

    Where in the blog post does it say 24 hours????????

    • I didn’t look when I submitted my first crash reports so I don’t know haw many I sent….:/ Today alone I submitted 20.

  • I just send in 365 crash reports of my iPhone 4S, I hope that helps 🙂

  • I have 232 crash reports(iPhone3gs 5.0,,, Windows) ….. but
    me complete 34% than give me error.. ——– “ERROR: Could not upload crash reports”
    What can i do??????

    • Dylan Lewis

      keep trying. took me about 10 tries

      • Finally done… 23 times try than i sucess fully sibmited

  • Anonymous

    This only means one thing, unethered jailbreak needs a lot of more time. Maybe, January 2012.

  • hi how can get jailbreak in my phoone