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iPhone Dev-Team on the Impending Spirit Jailbreak

iPhone Dev-Team on the Impending Spirit Jailbreak

Posted April 29, 2010 at 4:49pm by iClarified · 26589 views
The iPhone Dev-Team has posted regarding the impending Spirit jailbreak and what iDevice owners should do in preparation.

At some point after (don't ask when!) the iPad 3G is actually in customers' hands, the first "userland" jailbreak since firmware 1.x will be released by @comex. It's called "Spirit" and was first demonstrated working on an iPad by @MuscleNerd within 24 hours of the iPad's release on April 3.

Userland jailbreaks are more troublesome for Apple since they expose security weaknesses that exist even for non-jailbroken owners. As such, Apple is likely to close them soon after they're made public. One recent example of this is the SMS vulnerability exposed at Blackhat last summer. Apple released new firmware to close that hole within a day.

The Spirit jailbreak is most useful for newer devices: iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G, and the iPads. Unfortunately those devices are the same ones that Apple can prevent you from downgrading unless you've got a backup of your personalized SHSH blobs. Unless you've backed up your SHSH blobs for vulnerable firmware versions, you'll lose the ability to use the current Spirit jailbreak if you accidentally upgrade.

Please take the steps now to backup your SHSH blobs. Use either Firmware Umbrella to create a local copy, or go through saurik's server. If you are getting an iPad 3G, it's safest to backup your blobs using Firmware Umbrella, in case saurik's server gets bogged down with requests.

Other things about Spirit that are useful to know:

* Spirit is an untethered jailbreak.
* Spirit works on all devices. (However, the redsn0w and PwnageTool flows will continue to work on those devices they've always worked on)
* Spirit does not include a carrier unlock. (Please don't bug @comex about that)
* Spirit requires your device to be activated or hacktivated

Please make sure you have your SHSH blobs backed up! While @comex has indicated he's not going to release the very minute the iPad 3G is out, there's no telling what Apple might do anyway.

We will let you know as soon as the jailbreak is available and will update our tutorials and the iClarified Jailbreak Wizard as well.

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asker - April 30, 2010 at 12:16pm
What is up with this iphone? why is the headphone jack at the bottom and the power button on the top left instead of right?
bubi - April 30, 2010 at 1:05pm
that's an itouch, not iphone.
Bubi - April 30, 2010 at 11:13am
i haz iphone with 3.1.2 firmware, jailbroken with blackra1n, tethered. Waiting for the spirit jailbreak so i can jailbrake my iphone untethered (tethered= pain in the ass). Do i need to do the SHSH thing? Most stuff i read about it are about 3.1.3 or older firmwares. thx
Steve - April 30, 2010 at 12:09pm
I would anyway.
Blondie - April 30, 2010 at 7:41am
There will be few thousands iphone users waiting anxiously for the jailbreak inclusive me & Aza Maffia with iphone on 3.1.3 pre-install. The waiting is killing me. What is an iphone without CYDIA??????????? Lame.....
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