However, it has come to my attention through various forums, tweets, and other internet media, that many iPhone owners (and some not), plan to march into their nearest Apple store and jailbreak the displayed iPhones, iPads, etc. This of course is in lieu of the recently released jailbreak via Safari at Jailbreakme.com. Didn’t we learn at age 5 not to disturb other people’s property? Read More
Yesterday we told you that the exploit used by JailbreakMe to jailbreak your iPhone was a major security issue as it can download pretty much anything to your iPhone, including some malicious code, via a PDF glitch. We gave you a manual fix but there is now an easier way to patch this bad exploit that puts your iPhone at risk.
You can simply go to Cydia and download PDF Loading Warner. It’s a free app that will display a warning before allowing your iPhone to download a PDF file. This will avoid you being duped by a malicious software.
While this app gives you another layer of security, you’re in no way safe from having your iPhone compromised, at least until Apple officially patches this exploit. On the safe side though, chances of you being hacked are very thin so don’t stress out too much over it.
The way JailbreakMe works is that it takes advantage of a vulnerability in iOS, and more specifically the fact that iOS downloads PDF documents automatically. Comex managed to inject the jailbreak code in a PDF document that is downloaded and executed once you “slide to jailbreak” on JailbreakMe.com.
Now that this very simple exploit has been revealed, there are chances some bad guys out there might want to take advantage of it and potentially steal data from your iPhone. Before you start panicking and running around the house screaming, let’s be clear that the chances of this happening are actually very thin, but you never know…
MacStories published a fix for that earlier today:
Tweeted by @cdevwill earlier today, all you have to do is download this .deb file and open it on your device using either Terminal from your Mac, or iFile on the iPhone. Just download it and place it in /var/mobile.
- Using Terminal:
ssh root@your IP address
dpkg -i file.deb
Where “alpine” is the default password you’ll get after installing Open SSH from Cydia and “your IP address” is located under Settings – > Wifi – > active wifi connection.
- Using iFile:
Navigate to /var/mobile and double tap on the .deb file to install it.
This won’t actually patch the exploit but it will now ask you for permission every time a PDF document wants to be downloaded to your iPhone. If you know what you’re downloading then fine. However if a site tries to use Comex’s exploit and downloads some malicious software onto your iPhone, you will be able to deny it access.
I believe this fix will be available in Cydia soon but if you can’t wait, and know your way around Terminal, then give this a shot. Apple will also issue a patch for this, most likely in the net iOS update.
If you use this method to secure your iPhone, please don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments.
Those of you who tried to jailbreak your iPad with JailbreakMe might encounter this issue where your iPad is kinda stuck on the purple screen and nothing happens. This is a cache issue that’s really easy to fix. To do so, follow these simple steps:
- Go to Settings > Safari > Clear History, Clear Cookies, Clear Cache
- Reboot your iPad
- Try JailbreakMe.com again and you should be good
If the problem persists, it means that JailbreakMe might be down or something. If that’s the case, follow the steps above except that you’re going to go to http://JailbreakMe/ModMyI.com instead of JailbreakMe.com. That should do the trick.
Let us know how it works for you.
Many of you who tried to jailbreak your iPhone using JailbreakMe have encountered this issue where the phone gets stuck on the purple screen and nothing happens. At first we thought JailbreakMe was down or something but the problem actually comes from a cache issue on your iPhone!
The fix is pretty simple:
- Go to Settings > Safari > Clear History, Clear Cookies, Clear Cache
- Reboot your iPhone
- Try JailbreakMe.com again
If it still doesn’t work, go through this cleaning process again but this time use http://jailbreakme.modmyi.com instead of JailbreakMe.com.
It worked great for me and many others. Tell us how it works for you.
If you have tried to use JailbreakMe to jailbreak your iPhone in the last couple of hours, you probably were unsuccessful as the site appears to have technical difficulties. JailbreakMe.com actually loads ok but when you “slide to jailbreak”, nothing seems to happen.
I have noticed weird little things going on on my iPhone 4 after trying to unsuccessfully use JailbreakMe. For example, my iPhone 4 doesn’t save pictures anymore. While I can snap pictures, they are not being saved to the camera roll. Only a reboot seems to fix this.
There is definitely something going on with the latest version of JailbreakMe Comex uploaded to the servers.
I suggest we call it a day and try again in the morning. What do you say?
Those of you who have installed JailbreakMe on their iPhones might be running into some problems, specifically MMS and FaceTime completely disappearing from the device. Obviously this is not normal but Comex is working on it. I am sure he will fix this in the next few hours. In the meanwhile, sit back and enjoy your newly jailbroken iPhone.
UPDATE: This has been fixed. More info here.
JailbreakMe is the latest jailbreak method for all devices running iOS 3.1.2 or newer. Like I said before, JailbreakMe is the easiest jailbreak you will ever find but some of you asked me to write a tutorial about it.
This guide and tutorial will show you how to use JailbreakMe to jailbreak your iPhone. Obviously, most people won’t need this tutorial because JailbreakMe is pretty straightforward.
Step 1: Make you your iPhone is backed up in iTunes, in case something goes wrong.
Step 2: From you iPhone, go to JailbreakMe.com.
Step 3: Slide to jailbreak.
Step 4: Sit back, relax. JailbreakMe will be downloaded to your iPhone and will work its magic. When done, a pop up will tell you that Cydia has been installed.
Step 5: Reboot your iPhone. You don’t have to, but it’s always a good thing to do.
That’s it. Nothing to download to your computer. Read More
It’s here folks! The long-awaited jailbreak for iOS 4 is now available and it’s called JailbreakMe. Those of you who’ve been jailbreaking their iPhones for a while will certainly remember JailbreakMe, which is without a doubt the easiest jailbreak ever.
Simply go to JailbreakMe.com from your iPhone and follow the instructions. Really you can’t go wrong with that.
Comex has done a great job by reviving JailbreakMe and bringing back the browser-based jailbreak to the iPhone.
JailbreakMe will work for every iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad starting at iOS 3.1.2. That means that if your iDevice is at 3.1.2 or newer, then you’re good.
I’m in the desert right now and can’t get JailbreakMe to download so I will report more about it as I get closer to civilization…
In the meanwhile, please share your experience downloading and installing JailbreakMe on your iPhone.
Since the release of BlackRa1n yesterday morning, many people have qualified it as the easiest and quickest jailbreak ever. I have to admit it is very fast and pretty straightforward, that is if you can have it to work of course, as many jailbreakers out there are having issues with this jailbreak (see comments on my tutorial).
This being said, BlackRa1n is NOT the fastest, bestest, quickest, most awesomest jailbreak of all times. If you think so, you probably were not around when iPhone OS 1.1.1 could be jailbroken directly from your iPhone. Those were the good old days of JailbreakMe.com. For those of you who don’t know about jailbreakme, let me explain you briefly how it worked.
You had to go to www.JailbreakMe.com from your iPhone. After reading some type of warning message, you had to agree to run the jailbreak and 30 seconds later, you had Installer (Cydia’s ancestor) on your springboard, ready to install a bunch of jailbreak apps. This, my friends, was the quickest and most simple jailbreak ever made.
Heck, it was so simple that I would go to the Apple Store in San Diego and jailbreak a bunch of iPhones on display, just for the fun of it. I would also install the NES emulator and pretend I didn’t know anything about the iPhone, call up a so-called “Genius” and be like: “OMG, this iPhone thing is awesome, you even have the NES on it”. Needless to say that the Genius didn’t really know what to say about that.
I have nothing against BlackRa1n, except maybe it was released too quickly. GeoHot is a freaking genius and he deserves all the props he’s getting right now, but I just wanted to make things straight. I had wanted to write something in memory of JailbreakMe for a while so I thought this would be the perfect occasion.
Do you remember JailbreakMe? I would love to hear your comments about it.