It's taken a long time to reach a state of readiness, but it looks like it's been worth the wait. As we predicted in our Let's Talk Jailbreak podcast yesterday, a release for the Apple TV was very much on the way. Sure enough, Kevin Bradley, also known as nitoTV, has just released the initial version of his eponymous tool, nitoTV for tvOS.
We've seen a spate of jailbreak tool releases of late for both iOS 10 and iOS 11. I've covered their current statuses and differences in a previous article, but today we'll take a more specific look at the 64-bit iOS 10.3.x option, g0blin, by sticktron.
In times gone by, jailbreaks would come in the form of one tool per firmware range. Whoever got there first would release, and that release would be the standard. As we've moved from secret tools to public exploits, developers are free to seize upon vulnerabilities as they become public and try to make a jailbreak out of them, resulting in multiple tools for the same firmware. These tools often have different advantages and limitations, and can become hard to differentiate. In this article, we'll do our best to summarise the current tools, as well as how they differ from the rest.
Avid jailbreakers are somewhat spoilt this Christmas. Having had an end-of-life iOS 10 32-bit tool by tihmstar, and an iOS 11 tool too, the gifts just keep on coming. The Apple TV 4 and 4K have been brought into the fold, with a tvOS counterpart to Jonathan Levin's LiberiOS, called LiberTV.
Just in time for Christmas, tihmstar has continued his 32-bit device run with a jailbreak for iOS 10. It works all the way up to the final 32-bit firmware, iOS 10.3.3, so barring any serious misfortune legacy devices should have access to a jailbreak forever.
Abraham Masri has updated his iOS 10.2.1 Saïgon jailbreak, incorporating Siguza's new v0rtex exploit. Using the same vulnerability as Ian Beer's exploit for iOS 11, v0rtex for iOS 10 has replaced ziVA as the kernel magic behind the Saïgon jailbreak. This change has brought greater stability to Saïgon, which was previously very finicky to successfully run.
If you've heard of the new tool Houdini but haven't got around to trying it out yet, then let us show you how in this quick guide. If you haven't heard of it, check out my post on the topic for a bit of background information.
After an iOS 8.4.1 jailbreak, an iOS 9.3.5 jailbreak, and an untether for the iOS 9.1-9.3.4 Home Depot jailbreak, tihmstar has now turned his attention to a mobile browser-based jailbreak for 32-bit devices.
You may remember us reporting on the most recent jailbreak to be released, Saïgon. Well, its developer Abraham Masri is back, with something inventive we haven't seen before. Perhaps best described as a "semi-jailbreak", his tool Houdini achieves some of the effects of a jailbreak, whilst avoiding the hardest challenges and pitfalls which constructing the full package would bring.
There's a new release in the jailbreak line-up: an iOS 10.2.1 tool called Saïgon. Although it still doesn't cater for the latest firmware versions, it comes closer than we've seen in a while and what's more, is for 64-bit devices. We've waited a few days to see any early reports of success, before collecting up the currently available info on this most recent development in the jailbreaking world.
It seems the joint creator of the iOS 9.3.5 Phœnix jailbreak has been busy filling up the remaining gaps in the jailbroken firmware listings. Following up on the Phœnix tool and an untether for the iOS 9.1-9.3.4 Home Depot jailbreak, tihmstar released an untethered 32-bit jailbreak for iOS 8.4.1 about a week ago. We refrained from recommending the initial release as it had a few issues, but it now seems ready for general consumption.
Want to turn your semi-tethered Home Depot jailbreak on iOS 9.1-9.3.4 into fully untethered? I'll show you how to find the offsets to do so, and how to be part of finishing up the jailbreak simultaneously.