Mobile Substrate

Saurik’s latest Reddit comment discusses Electra, Cydia, and Mobile Substrate

With everything that’s going on lately in the jailbreak community as of late, it’d be an understatement to say that people want to know what’s happening with Saurik and the iOS 11 update for Cydia and Mobile Substrate that he talked about on Reddit several weeks ago.

Following the Electra 1.0 public release this week, Saurik took to Reddit once again to discuss CoolStar's jailbreak tool and his progress on updating Cydia and Mobile Substrate for iOS 11. As usual, the comment is rather long, so bear with us…

CoolStar’s Electra jailbreak tool for iOS 11.0-11.1.2 gets updated to beta 8

CoolStar’s Electra jailbreak tool for iOS 11.0-11.1.2 devices received an update on Thursday, bringing it up to beta 8. The new version comes only a few days after the announcement of beta 7.

Just like the LiberiOS jailbreak tool that got released last year, Electra utilizes Ian Beer’s open-source tfp0 exploit. Furthermore, it doesn’t install Cydia, as Saurik has yet to update it for iOS 11 devices.

CoolStar releases beta 7 of the Electra jailbreak tool for iOS 11.0-11.1.2

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest jailbreak trends, then you might have heard about CoolStar’s Electra jailbreak tool for iOS 11.0-11.1.2. It doesn’t install Cydia or Mobile Substrate like a typical jailbreak tool would, but you could still use this jailbreak to install third-party extensions on your device via SSH.

A constant flow of updates since Electra’s initial release has provided the tool with necessary bug fixes. This week, users can take advantage of beta 7, which makes the jailbreak more stable and offers additional bells and whistles out of the box.

Saurik’s latest Reddit comment details Cydia and Mobile Substrate for iOS 11

Saurik revealed a couple of weeks ago that he was working on iOS 11 support for Cydia and Mobile Substrate, but a new comment posted on Reddit by the father of jailbreaking himself highlights that there’s a lot more going on under the hood than meets the eye.

One of the major highlights of the comment is how Saurik teamed up with a prominent developer from the jailbreak community to make all this possible. That developer wishes to remain anonymous at this point in time, but we’ll all eventually learn of his or her identity when the time is right.

How to jailbreak iOS 10.0-10.2 with yalu102

Luca Todesco just announced the first beta build of his Yalu jailbreak for iOS 10.0-10.2. In this guide, I'll walk you through how to use the tool, should you want to try out the beta.

Bear in mind, this tool is first release and is not necessarily stable. It also does not support all devices yet. Whilst Todesco has said that it should already be more stable than the betas of Yalu for 10.0-10.1.1, a first build is a first build. Proceed at your own risk.

Legendary jailbreak hacker Comex is assisting iMods with a Cydia Substrate alternative

It's been a long time since we've heard Comex's name be associated with jailbreaking, but he's back, and in a fairly large and controversial way. The creator of JailbreakMe is working with the team behind iMods—a Cydia alternative—to develop a Mobile (Cydia) Substrate replacement called Substitute. On the surface, it may not sound like much, but this could have far-reaching consequences on jailbreaking as we currently know it.

AdThief malware found infecting 75,000 jailbroken devices

Security researcher Axelle Apvrille recently published a paper about AdThief, a malware aimed at hijacking ad revenue from a reportedly 75,000 infected devices. First discovered in March 2014, and also known as "spad," the malware, which comes disguised as a Cydia Substrate extension, was found to replace the publisher ID of publishers with the one of the malware creator, effectively attributing all ad revenue to him.

Having issues with Cydia Substrate? Try this

I woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise: Mobile Substrate had been updated to support iOS 7 on ARM64 CPUs, making it compatible with all of the latest Apple devices like the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina Display. As you can imagine, I rushed to the office without even brushing my teeth (I know, gross) and installed the new Cydia Substrate package that appeared on Cydia.

Unfortunately for me, none of the tweaks and apps that I had installed began to work after Cydia Substrate was updated. I think it may, and I'm just grasping at straws here, have to do with the fact that I was impatient, and already had a bunch of stuff installed that didn't work in the first place. To fix this issue, I took a fairly logical approach; I completely uninstalled Substrate and reinstalled it from scratch. Have a look inside for more details.

Mobile Substrate updated with support for iOS 7 and ARM64

Great news for jailbroken folks on newer iPhones and iPads this morning. Saurik just announced that a new version of Mobile Substrate is out with support for iOS 7 and ARM64. The update will allow developers to update their jailbreak tweaks to work with the newer hardware and software.

This is a huge deal because up until now, those of us on devices like the iPhone 5s or the Retina iPad mini have been extremely limited as to what we could do after jailbreaking—I don't currently have a single tweak installed. But now that this new Substrate is out, that should begin to change...