Jailbreak iPhone 2.1

By Sébastien Page on Sep 14, 2008

A lot of things happened with the last 48 hours in the iPhone jailbreak community; this is due to the release of QuickPwn and PwnageTool 2.1 by the DevTeam. I have been posting quite a few tutorials since yesterday on how to jailbreak the iPhone 2.1 firmware and I understand some of you might be a little overwhelmed by the amount of information.

To make it easier for you, I am writing this post to sum up all the iPhone 2.1 jailbreak tutorials that I posted so you can find your QuickPwn guide or PwnageTool tutorial in one place.


PwnageTool 2.1 Tutorial for Mac OS X

By Sébastien Page on Sep 13, 2008

[digg-me]That’s a lot of work for me this morning with all these news falling… I just posted about a tutorial for QuickPwn 1.1 for Mac OS X and now I’m gonna show you how to jailbreak your iPhone 3G with PwnageTool. This tutorial (or guide) will show you how to use PwnageTool 2.1 and how to update your iPhone to 2.1.

Before we start, make sure you backup your iPhone in iTunes and also download your iPhone firmware from here and save it to your desktop.

  1. Download PwnageTool 2.1 from here.
  2. in iTunes, go to the summary tab and download (do not update!) the latest iPhone firmware 2.1
  3. Launch PwnageTool 2.1
  4. Select your device and click “Next”
  5. Select the right iPhone firmware
  6. You will then get a message that says “We will now create an .ispw file that you can use to restore your iPhone with iTunes. This file will be placed on your desktop. Do you want to continue?”. Click YES
  7. The it will ask “Do you have an iPhone contract that would normally activate with iTunes?”. If you are a legit AT&T customer, click YES, if not, click NO
  8. Then wait while PwnageTool 2.1 builds the custom .ispw file. It could take a few minutes.
  9. Enter your password when asked to. Then wait for the custom .ipsw to be built
  10. The it will ask if your iPhone has been Pwned before. Click YES or NO
  11. Turn off your iPhone
  12. You will then get a message saying: “Close the PwnageTool application, put your iPhone into recovery mode, start iTunes and restore with your custom firmware bundle”.
  13. Close PwnageTool
  14. Put your iPhone into recovery mode (Google it or go to YouTube to see how to do this)
  15. Start iTunes. iTunes will say “iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes.” Click OK
  16. Do NOT just click “Restore”. Hold the OPTION key + click “Restore”
  17. With Finder, select the Custom .ipsw file PwnageTool created on your desktop
  18. Select whether to set up as a new iPhone or restore your it from a backup. I recommend setting it up as a new phone. You will lose all your contacts and everything but these can be synced again later on. Restoring from a backup sometimes created problems.
  19. You’re done!

How was this PwnageTool 2.1 guide? Hope that helped!


PwnageTool and QuickPwn for 2.1 Firmware

By Sébastien Page on Sep 13, 2008

It’s official. It’s clean. It’s easy and it works without having to pull your hair out! That, my friends, is the new releases of PwnageTool 2.1 for Mac OS X and QuickPwn 1.1 for Mac OS X. The DevTeam worked all day and all night to bring you an easy way to jailbreak your iPhone 3G.

Yesterday, we were presented a way to jailbreak the iPod Touch is a couple shady QuickPwn that turned out to be “fake” tools that were not developed by the DevTeam but used their name anyway. Then, BigBoss released a tutorial on how to jailbreak the iPhone 3G but that was still kinda hard for non geekie guys to use.

I don’t like copy/pasting large parts of other people’s posts but I think it is very relevant to do this in the case of the latest post on the DevTeam blog:

Some of the popular press and blogs have been backing the opposition. :-)

While criticism and competition is fine it should be reported correctly, with all the facts. and certainly minus the FUD. Do you guys think we are “less and less relevant with each passing day” ? We don’t think so, and we certainly prefer our hacks to theirs. ;-)  Though even if the world deems us irrelevant, the iPhone family of devices is still fun to hack!

By the way we figured out a way to combat iTunes 8 without patches…and we’re waiting to see what Apple tries next.  But we think they might want to rethink their priorities.  They probably won’t though, and so we get back to the “cat and mouse” game between Apple and the Dev Team and third-party communities.

Whatever this guy at Engadget says, I still think jailbreaking your iPhone is more relevant than ever. Do you really want to rely on Apple? I don’t! Anyways, this is not the point of this post…


  • PwnageTool 2.1 for Mac OS X
  • QuickPwn 1.1 for Mac OS X

These can be downloaded from the iPhone Downloads section of my blog.

SHA1 Sums:

  • PwnageTool_2.1.dmg = 0b2dcb51e224b12590793e8a758dd80c450e5b64
  • QuickPwn_1.1.dmg = 92487230c66296ec1e414260b5f107e5d351923f

Hey, this is for iPhone 3G only and as you can notice, it is for Mac only. A Windows version is coming out pretty soon. A QuickPwn tutorial can be found here and a PwnageTool Guide can be found here.


Apple Counters PwnageTool In iTunes 8, Patches Coming

By Sébastien Page on Sep 11, 2008

The DevTeam said many times before that Apple cannot the bug they’ve exploited in PwnageTool unless they change the hardware, which is impossible until the next iPhones come out. While this is still true, Apple managed to have iTunes 8 detect and prevent the Pwnage exploit.

But hey, this is not gonna stop the DevTeam:

The nice thing about iTunes decisions is that we can provide you with patches to counter them.  We have one such patch already for Mac iTunes 8 for iPod touch.  We’ll be working out the full suite of patches for all the combinations over the next week.


Bugs found in PwnageTool for Mac and Windows Beta of QuickPwn

By Sébastien Page on Aug 26, 2008

The DevTeam posted on its blog a few hours ago that bugs have been found in the recent releases of the PwnageTool for Mac and the Windows Beta of QuickPwn.

We’ve had some issues with iPod touch devices and the latest version of PwnageTool for the Mac, in certain conditions incorrect permissions will be used and the keychain doesn’t save passwords. So hold on and wait for the next release, we’ll push out the updated version via Sparkle as soon as it is tested (it is being tested right now). We have also encountered some issues with the Windows Beta of QuickPwn, and we have an update that should fix the issues seen with 64-bit Windows versions and should be able to be used with all versions of Windows, but as with all beta software other bugs may be present.

A new Windows QuickPwn Release Candidate (RC3) was made available and can be downloaded from here or from the download section of this blog.


PwnageTool 2.0.3

By Sébastien Page on Aug 25, 2008

Well, I just posted and “predicted” that following a short post on the the DevTeam’s blog they would make available an updated version of their PwnageTool. I was right on as they just announced that PwnageTool 2.0.3 for Mac OS X is now available as a Sparkle update, or a direct download here.

So what’s new on PwnageTool 2.0.3?

  • Support for iPhone/iPod touch firmware 2.0.2 5C1
  • Updated version of Installer.app beta 6
  • New .de localization for German speaking users

DevTeam warns us that:

The application SHOULD ONLY be downloaded as a .tbz file from our servers and should NOT be decompressed using the application called “the unarchiver” (this breaks permissions within PwnageTool) just use the standard OS X built in ‘Archive Utility’ to decompress. The SHA1 sum of PwnageTool_2.0.3.tbz is 91e670e0c623cd43f5e8cfbfaae6c23d98d8f31b.


The DevTeam is cooking something up

By Sébastien Page on Aug 25, 2008

The DevTeam just posted a short message that could easily have been twittered…

We are just flicking some switches and connecting some cables, we’ll have some stuff for you soon. (no it isn’t any type of 3G unlock).
I am pretty sure they are going to release a one-click version of their PwnageTool for Mac.
We’ll see what they come up with.
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