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What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Apple TV Jailbreak

What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Apple TV Jailbreak

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Here's what you need to know about the upcoming Apple TV (tvOS) jailbreak from Jonathan Levin.

The jailbreak is based on yalu by Luca Todesco and provides a full set of kernel patches which allow running unsigned code and injecting arbitrary libraries into any tvOS process.

There is no Cydia; however, the 64-bit version of Mobile Substrate should work. Saurik could release Cydia for tvOS at some point but no word on whether that will happen yet.

The jailbreak will work with any version of tvOS except for 10.1.1. That means that you shouldn't update to 10.1.1 if you haven't already. After jailbreaking you should disable Software Updates to make sure you don't accidentally upgrade to the latest firmware.

Similar to like yalu, the jailbreak most likely will be a binary that needs to be signed with an Apple ID. It is semi-tethered. The IPA includes a modified 64-bit only bootstrap.tar, containing /bin/sh -> /bin/bash, some tools (in /usr/local/bin), dropbear (a free standing ssh daemon, with its keys in /etc/dropbear), and a few select binaries.

Levin says the jailbreak is meant for developers and repeatedly warns that you could easily brick your device.

It's an intentional PoC meant for developers and researchers, not for the general public - and provides 100% the functionality that target audience needs, with minimal disruption of the filesystem. And, because I made the mistake of overwriting a stupid binary (/usr/sbin/nvram), which effectively bricked my older TvOS. I had to fork another $149 to get another ATV box, and - once bitten, twice shy.

We'll let you know as soon as the jailbreak is available for download. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.

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What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Apple TV Jailbreak

AppleTv - March 1, 2017 at 4:33am
We need Apple Tv 3 Rev.A iOs jailbreak. Please send to how to? Where to find?
drigo marki - February 28, 2017 at 11:41am
It is not easy to find ATV with tvOS 10.1. On ebay and CL is mostly 9 or 10.1.1, so most likely it will be very hard to find one. Besides, as they keep upgrading tvOS and apps, like it happened before, some apps will not work anymore with 10.1 and then you stuck. Not good investment, especially with current ATV prices. If it's $50, I would take it but $100 plus for the used one, not worth it. I switched to fireTV.
D4xM4Nx - February 28, 2017 at 7:30am
It's great having a jailbreak for the Apple TV and while it'll have its uses, rocking a Roku top set for stuff like Kodi is much easier like someone else said. The only real reason for me to have an Apple TV is the TV mirroring from my iPhone since I've bought a number of movies and concerts, hardly something else...