Status update on the iOS 5.1 jailbreak

By , Apr 24, 2012

We’ve had a lot of folks asking us what the status is on the iOS 5.1 jailbreak, so we figured we’d give you guys an update with the latest info. As usual, pod2g has given us some insight into the progress of the hackers via a recent string of tweets.

The good news is that they have managed to bypass the ASLR (Address Space layout randomization) already. The complicated security measure could’ve taken much longer. The bad news is that a public jailbreak still seems to be a ways out…

“ETA for 5.1 JB : no clue! We’re going to set pieces of the puzzle together this week. We could have issues… Could be 1 month maybe 2… Maybe never… (!)

I know 1 month seems long, but it’s short to work on a project like this when it’s a hobby and you’ve other things to do as well.”

It’s important to remember that most of these guys do have normal day jobs, or at least other projects that they are working on. Releasing free jailbreaks doesn’t exactly pay the bills.

Also keep in mind that it’s not a good idea to complain about the jailbreak’s progress to pod2g, or any other hackers, on Twitter. All that does is make the jailbreak community look bad.

Besides, they do a pretty good job of keeping us updated on the latest developments. And of course, you can always count on us to bring you the latest in jailbreak information the moment we get it.

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  • http://twitter.com/klau1001 KLau

    Those Guys who shouting and keeping to ask when the next jailbreak will come is really annoying…
    If they keep doing this, I think maybe one day all the jailbreakers will be tired to share with us with what they found and did as hobbies…

    • http://twitter.com/MCaudebec Maxim∑

      I agree, tethered jailbreak isn’t even bad. I think we can all survive without restarting or device everyday

      • Anonymous

        What are you talking about… Tethered jailbreak sucks. With such a bad battery life on the iPhones it IS hard to go a day without having it die.

      • Anonymous

        Quit looking at porn then, my battery doesn’t die every day, infact I get 2 to 3 days out of my iPhone 4 and it’s used plenty.

      • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 Rudolf Lichtner

        Then boot tethered, don’t tell me you don’t have PC with iTunes installed near you! I would prefer having a tethered Jailbreak on all devices (A5+) forever instead of getting one untethered once in a few months.

      • http://twitter.com/klau1001 KLau

        don’t forget you and who using tethered jb, are the stupid guys who upgrade their ios under warnings, or who come to ios world so late

        if it is that suck,why not try not to jailbreak?
        or you make your own?

  • http://twitter.com/vavemiracle Edwin Alain Vasquez

    i have a question, if i jailbreak my phone.. can i go back to the original settings ??

    • http://twitter.com/HugoCoronado Hugo Coronado

      Yes.

    • http://twitter.com/kulcutah Michael Baker

      Going back to the original settings may require you to upgrade your firmware. Trust me…. I found this out the hard way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AKChris82 Chris Williams

    I can wait. My iPad is Still Jailbroken & i’m using 5.01..so idm..i can wait..you guy’s got lives beyond This..so..keep it up..

  • http://www.facebook.com/shingo.hoshino Shingo Hoshino

    i love 5.0.1 whats wrong with it why need 5.1?

    • Anonymous

      I agree. There’s nothing in 5.1 that should get people demanding a jailbreak. I’d much rather they work in silence and only say anything once is done. Or even wait till iOS 6 (whatever the next one is) and see if the vulnerabilities exist there. Then decide whether to release it for 5.1

    • Anonymous

      My iPhone had 5.0.1 installed and I was unable to save the blobs for it as it was too late so I eventually had to update because I had no way to restore back to 5.0.1 so some people aren’t as fortunate as yourself. That being said, the tethered jailbreak doesn’t bother me at all, even if my phone ever happened to die at least it would power back on with the normal functions and I can live without my jailbreak for a matter of hours if that ever happened.

      • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

        ih8sn0w and iphone-dev released their own tools to extract the blobs from the device, on whatever firmware the device has installed.

    • Anonymous

      Doesn’t matter that people like the current iOS. Apple is always going to update and try to make it “better” no matter how much people see that there is nothing wring with it. Plus 5.0.1 has plenty of bugs. You just dont know it, because you dont see them, and your not a developer. Not that I’m a dev, but just sayin, that just because you see no bugs in the iOS, does not mean they are not there.

  • Anonymous

    “Releasing free jailbreaks doesn’t exactly pay the bills.”

    Exactly, that’s everyone that can, should donate a little something when we can imo.

    Thanks again, pod2g and the other hackers.

  • Anonymous

    For the 3G/2G toggle as well as the other supposed battery saving improvements. My iP4S does not make it through a heavy day of usage on one charge, unfortunately.

  • Anonymous

    “i love 5.0.1 whats wrong with it why need 5.1?”

    @ Shingo Hoshino – For the 3G/2G toggle as well as the other supposed battery saving improvements. My iP4S does not make it through a heavy day of usage on one charge, unfortunately.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003530234142 Peter TheMoo Cow

      Also for the people who have The New iPad (3rd Generation), who are stuck on 5.1, or soon to be higher.

    • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

      Well i can tell you right now why 5.1 needs to be jailbroken, its because people like me who are on 5.0.1 jailbroken but I need to do a warranty exchange (my ear speaker is loose and rattles and is really annoying when I am trying to talk to someone) now I have been holding off on sending it in to in because Apple will Update the phones OS to the latest version and or they will give me a different phone and there is a %99 chance they will give me a phone that is updated to 5.1.

      Also my new ipad came with 5.1 on it and has never been jailbroken. I have always been patient for a jailbreak but what I find kinda annoying is the same day “the new iPad” was released they posted videos and pics of the new ipad being jailbroken. Its like HAHA look what we can do…I wish they would keep it on the DL instead of getting everyone’s hopes up. Granted I was glad to hear that the jailbreak was even possible……

      • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 Rudolf Lichtner

        You have to remember that at least 3 of those Jailbreaks were Developer Account Hacks… They will always work as they never get public and therefore aren’t patched.

      • Andrew Nasiatka

        Just so you know, you can request to have your replacement device be a certain OS version. I did and I got what I asked for. Just saying, the sooner you send your device back for replacement the more likelier you will get it. Just say that you have a lot of apps that won’t work with 5.1 and requires the 5.0.1 and you should be fine.

      • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

        Well I can’t restore it and would sending it in jailbroken be a good idea? Never have done that before. I guess i could just put a passcode lock on it….Usually they just overnight me a new phone and I put the crappy one in that same box and ship it back to them with a prepaid label from Apple. And what apps wont work with 5.1 that are legit apps on the app store?

      • Andrew Nasiatka

        e420Kush: See my comment above starting with “I hope this replies correctly, because it won’t let me reply to the very last comment.”

      • Andrew Nasiatka

        I hope this replies correctly, because it won’t let me reply to the very last comment. Well, IMO there are just as much apps not working on 5.0 as 5.1 – as for sending it back JB, I just restored my device (hence removing JB) when I returned it. I only did this after verifying the JB on the new device. Thankfully, it was an iOS that was JB’able (4.3.5) but I had to wait for the untether. Still, I doubt that they would have purposely put on 4.3.5 just to not have 5.0 on there – or because they knew that this was (at the time at least) not untether JB’able. As for your situation, just tell them at Apple that you have apps that will not work with 5.0 and they should send you the previous iOS. Maybe say that 5.1 is causing known bugs with the app that is not present/was not present with 5.0.1.

      • Andrew Nasiatka

        I hope this replies correctly, because it won’t let me reply to the very last comment. Well, IMO there are just as much apps not working on 5.0 as 5.1 – as for sending it back JB, I just restored my device (hence removing JB) when I returned it. I only did this after verifying the JB on the new device. Thankfully, it was an iOS that was JB’able (4.3.5) but I had to wait for the untether. Still, I doubt that they would have purposely put on 4.3.5 just to not have 5.0 on there – or because they knew that this was (at the time at least) not untether JB’able. As for your situation, just tell them at Apple that you have apps that will not work with 5.0 and they should send you the previous iOS. Maybe say that 5.1 is causing known bugs with the app that is not present/was not present with 5.0.1.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D57L3NKIIVCPL6KRCD7IAR6QJQ Bunly

    the free must be waiting like that…only wait…..untill release

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    Wow, amazing that they do this like a hobby, they must be experts att program coding and stuff!! Keep up the good work Pod2g and remind us always IDB! :D

    • Anonymous

      More than experts at program coding, they are very creative people as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/achraf.fattouhi Achraf Fattouhi

    so this will work on an Applve TV 3 or no ??

    • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 Rudolf Lichtner

      Most likely no… Currently there is (afaik) no public exploit that could have jailbroken the AppleTV 3 (even if it was on 5.0.x or ealier) because it lacks of Inejction Vectors (no apps, no Safari, no MobileBackup, etc.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1145407698 Oliveira Andre

    give us a jailbreak for the new ipad pleaseeeeee}}

  • Eddie Leong

    Why don’t IDB set up a fund to pay these hardworking folks and as encouragement for them to continue pursueing something that millions want and is legal? :)

    • Bruno Vilella

      Great idea

    • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

      “The Dream Team” has a donation link that IDB posted the last time they came out with the 5.0.1 untethered JB. Also The iPhone Dev Team does not take donations. But its up to the individual developer. I know I have donated in the past. I appreciate their hard work because I would not own an apple iDevice if it were not for Jailbreaks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Cooper/100000164561256 Matthew Cooper

    Id pay to jailbreak. Aside from donating i mean. Its well worth it.

  • http://twitter.com/amad_ahmed01 Amad

    Just put a price a on it, shit doesn’t have to be free. Make it $2, €2 or £2 and if million people download it, you can’t tell me that won’t pay the bills.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe i’m missing the point but i’m sure the devs said that a jailbreak for older devices was no issue as it was still using the same bootrom exploit so if that is the case I don’t see why they couldn’t at least release that??

    I may have misunderstood what I read but either way I for one appreciate the work they do and i’m happy to untether when possible.

    • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 Rudolf Lichtner

      You probably think about 5.0.x … Where the Untether was “easier” to install, because the Bootrom Exploit already allowed us to modify the Filesystem as root.

  • http://twitter.com/iDara09 iDara09

    For those who complain to jailbreak community, form your own group go to study IT for years then hack your own phone for your own good..!!

  • http://twitter.com/melovestoast Jared Floyd 

    If the jailbreak costed money, people would just pirate it. I don’t mind waiting if it’s free, but I’d definitely pay if it cam a lot sooner.

    • http://twitter.com/RoyboyTheCat Royboy

      I doubt they will be able to pirate it as they will have to do the same thing these guys do. Maybe if they practice or 3-4 years on how to do it then they can :P

  • http://twitter.com/melovestoast Jared Floyd 

    Came.. Dangit.

  • http://twitter.com/okscool kahlil velayo

    be cool and be patient guys.

  • Anonymous

    2 Months, Maybe never
    I’m Selling my iPhone, it just suucks whitout a jailbreak

    • Anonymous

      i guess i’m saying good bye apple, welcome windows phone

    • Anonymous

      it looks like it’s almost the end of the Jailbreak, pod2g is the only one and seems to be dying all by himself

    • Anonymous

      no jailbreak?? then i have nothing to do whit an iOS Device

    • Anonymous

      i don’t want to be locked to Sprint CDMA so if there is no Jailbreak then i’m selling it too

    • Anonymous

      iOS user since the iPod touch came out…. no jailbreak then i’m moving to Android, better than Windows phone

    • Anonymous

      moving to Android if Jailbreak never comes out :)

  • Anonymous

    I want to upgrade to 5.1 now. iTunes wont let me. It says Im not eligible. Any suggestions on how to wipe my phone clean and start with a fresh phone?

  • http://twitter.com/txhockeyman Todd M.

    Maybe they should start charging for it…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559510444 SubzeroSound CompanyLtd

    great job

  • Anonymous

    when will the jailbreake on the Ipad 2 version 5.1 ?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WY46ZVWNOE6H2QW5RHFUEA7ZLQ First L

    i done my iphone 4 5.1 with ththered jaibreak .. it is o.k but the problem both wireless and bt are gray and can not be used .. i think i have another problem with the sim , i can not unlock it ..
    please advise ,, i am happy with this ththered JB but how can i solve the abive problems ..