If you’ve ever considered jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad, no doubt you’ve heard about an iOS hacker going by the handle Comex, the guy who discovered several important exploits, and the creator of JailbreakMe.
Besides his Twitter handle, we don’t know much about Comex. A Forbes journalist did a bit of digging and found out who Comex really is, and managed to talk to him…
Apple will no longer allow users to update or restore an iOS device to iOS 4.3.3. The signing window for 4.3.3 has been closed, meaning that you can no longer restore a device to 4.3.3 in iTunes without previously saved SHSH blobs from that firmware.
This news is important for jailbreakers that are either considering using JailbreakMe on iOS 4.3.3, or those that may have possibly upgraded to an iOS 5 beta without saving their blobs. The recently released iOS 4.3.4 kills the untethered jailbreak that was previously offered in iOS 4.3.x, so 4.3.3 is the most up to date firmware that offers an untethered jailbreak.
Apple has begun to step up its game with patching jailbreak exploits in iOS. When Comex’s PDF exploit was used in the latest version of JailbreakMe, Apple pushed out iOS 4.3.4 about two weeks later to combat the security hole.
Jailbreakers on 4.3.3 (4.2.9 for the Verizon iPhone) can stay on their current firmware to keep their untether, but the bad news is that Apple actually patched the untethered exploit that’s been used by jailbreakers since iOS 4.1.
The Dev Team has released an update to the jailbreak tool, RedSn0w, with support for a tethered jailbreak on iOS 4.3.4. Apple released 4.3.4 yesterday to combat the PDF vulnerability uncovered in the latest version of JailbreakMe.
JailbreakMe users are advised to stay with the untethered jailbreak that the web-based tool provides on iOS 4.3.3, and not upgrade to 4.3.4.
The biteSMS team has pushed out a compatibility update for JailbreakMe 3.0.
Just over a week ago, we discovered that Cydia’s popular text messaging tweak, biteSMS, was conflicting with Comex’s latest jailbreak, JailbreakMe 3.0.
BiteSMS’ quick reply functionality would send users device’s into an infinite boot loop. This was quickly confirmed with multiple sources, predominantly the biteSMS support forum, JailbreakQA, and of course our readers here at iDB.
If you haven’t heard of JailbreakMe by now, you may be living under a rock. One thing you’re definitely not doing is flying in a plane, because a video has surfaced that shows an iPhone 4 being jailbroken with JailbreakMe.com from 20,000 up in the air.
The cool thing about JailbreakMe is that it allows you to jailbreak an iDevice in Safari on the device itself. All you need is an internet connection and a few seconds to let Cydia install. And thanks to the availability of internet access on most commercial airlines, we bring you JailbreakMe on a plane…
Many Verizon iPhone users are experiencing issues with the latest JailbreakMe exploit that causes their device to get stuck at the Apple boot logo. If you’re one of them, here’s how to fix it!
Comex, the brains behind JailbreakMe 3.0, has published instructions on how to fix the issue that should get your device running smoothy again, and here they are.
You have two options if you’re experiencing this issue: you can either restore your device and forget about the jailbreak, or you can try a “quasi-experimental fix using redsn0w” to try and maintain your jailbreak:
Those of you who have been experiencing bugs after using JailbreakMe will be glad to find out that Comex made some fixes to the kernel patches for the userland jailbreak, and these fixes have been pushed as an “Essential Upgrade” in Cydia.
To get this update, simply launch Cydia and you should be prompted to upgrade. Make sure you do not run JailbreakMe again over your current jailbreak. Instead, let Cydia do the job for you…
JailbreakMe was released just a few days ago and has already had fulgurant success. Twelve hours after its launch, 500,000 iDevices had already been jailbroken. Fastforward a few days later, and JailbreakMe has now been used over 2,000,000 times.
The news that came this morning via Chpwn’s Twitter account reveals with a quick calculation that JailbreakMe is responsible for jailbreaking 1% of all iPhones, iPads and iPods in the world…
Comex’s new exploit is easily the best jailbreaking tool ever developed. Not only is it much faster than previous methods, it’s as easy to use as downloading an app.
Another reason JailbreakMe comes out on top is that you don’t need a computer to run the software. Everything is done from the device. This creates an interesting dynamic for jailbreaking, because now you can do it almost anywhere. Even in an Apple Store…
Yesterday we told you about an issue that could be reproduced on iPads jailbroken with JailbreakMe when trying to use Apple’s Camera Connection Kit. If you own an iPad jailbroken with JailbreakMe, you can’t use the Camera Kit for the time being.
Comex has been aware of the issue, and today he announced on Twitter that he has a fix coming up this Friday. According to Comex, the fix will be available in Cydia as a new package to install…