Apple Now Actively Taking A Stance Against Jailbreakers

For years people have been jailbreaking their iOS devices to run things that Apple won’t allow, whether it be apps or themes. They’ve never actively done a lot against the jailbreaking community, until now.

I’m due to take my iPhone into the Apple Store due to some hardware issues, but of course I was running a jailbroken iOS 4.3.2, so I spent 3 hours trying to restore it. It got stuck in a constant restore cycle. I tried using RecBoot, TinyUmbrella and iRecovery to try and get it out of it but it just wouldn’t work.

Turns out that Apple have now updated iTunes to check the hosts file on the computer and if there is an entry under ‘gs.apple.com’ it will put your device into a constant restore cycle. This is because some of the tools used for jailbreaking will add the ‘gs.apple.com’ entry to the hosts file to stop the local machine talking back to the server. Of course it’s simple to remove the entry and restore but for whose who don’t know about this will be stuck with a very expensive paperweight. It does rise some other issues, some people may have very large host files and therefore it will simply take too long and then iTunes will assume the device is jailbroken and put it into the constant recovery cycle.

Game Center Now Live On iOS 4.1, Sans iPhone 3G

So today when Apple released iOS 4.1 everyone thought that it’d bring the new social gaming platform, Game Center to all recent devices except the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G. Turns out that Apple is supporting the second generation iPod Touch but still not the iPhone 3G. Not quite sure as to the reasoning, except to make money but I don’t think Game Center requires recent hardware as it’s just a social gaming platform.

iOS 4.1 Live For Download

Apple has pushed out the iOS 4.1 update as promised, if your running a iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 2G, iPod Touch 3G or iPod Touch 4G then the update is available for free to you now. It’s not a huge update but it fixes the iPhone 3G performance issues, Game Center is now activated and proximity sensor and bluetooth issues have been fixed for the iPhone 4.

As usual, if your a jailbreak user, or someone who relys on a hacked unlock then do not update yet until the iPhone Dev-Team give the go ahead. Make sure to backup your SHSH blobs whilst you still have the chance as well.

Apple Announces iOS 4.1

Apple announced iOS 4.1 which fixes many of the issues that were causing major issues, fixing the issues with the proximity sensor, Bluetooth and the iPhone 3G performance along with completely new features such as HDR camera mode. Also HD video uploads over WiFi, Game Center and TV show rentals. Look for the update to hit iTunes sometime next week as a free download for your iPhone or iPod touch.

Surik Creates Fix For PDF Security Issues

Surik, creator of the Cydia store has rolled out a patch that fixes PDF security issues that are fixed by the 4.0.2 update along with ones that Apple hasn’t fixed yet. Seems that if you want to be secure and protected the only thing to do is to jailbreak your device, escpailly if your running a first gen iPhone or iPod Touch. The package can be found in Cydia.

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redsn0w Jailbreak Still Works on 4.0.2 for iPhone 3G & iPod Touch 2G

If for some strange reason you updated to 4.0.2 when Apple released it to patch the PDF exploit that was used for the JailbreakMe jailbreak and your running a iPhone 3G or iPod Touch 2G (Non MC Model) then you can still jailbreak your new protected iOS. The current version of the jailbreak tool redsn0w will still work on both the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G as long as it’s a Non-MC model. Just point redsn0w to the 4.0 firmware to ‘trick’ it then you’ll be away with your new jailbreak.

The Return of the JailbreakMe.com Jailbreak

Back in the 1.x days JailbreakMe.com was the simplest way to jailbreak your device. And now comex and Dev-Team have released the latest userland jailbreak which exploits a PDF flaw in MobileSafari. This means you can jailbreak any iOS device, including the iPhone4 on the 4.x firmware. Because the exploit that was used it public I’m sure it won’t be too long until Apple fix the flaw and then a new exploit will have to be used. As always remember to backup your SHSH files so that you can restore to your current firmware and keep on using JailbreakMe.com in the future.

To jailbreak just open up the site JailbreakMe.com and then slide to jailbreak and then just wait. It’s that simple!

iOS 4 Custom Firmware (w/iBooks Fix)

Yesterday I provided you with Custom Firmware Restore files for all the iDevices that support the new update and can be jailbroken. This morning the Dev-Team released an update as it had the same issue as redsn0w to cause a problem with iBooks. Obviously if you don’t intend on using iBooks you don’t need to re-download it but I will be re-uploading the firmwares (without custom boot logos) with the fix for iBooks.

Please read this Dev-Team article before using any of the custom restore files.

iPhone 3GS iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 831MB)
Hactivated – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hacktivated).ipsw
Not Hactivated – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw (Alt Link – MegaUpload)

iPhone 3G iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 756MB)
Not Hacktivated w/Multitasking Enabled – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw
Not Hacktivated – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw
Hacktivated w/Multitasking Enabled – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hactivated_Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw
Hactivated – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hactivated).ipsw

iPod Touch 2G iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 688MB)
With Multitasking Enabled – iPod2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw
Without Multitasking Enabled – iPod2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw

iPhone iOS 4 Custom Firmware

Today PwnageTool 4 was released for the Mac and seeing as now I have a MacBook I thought I’d create some custom firmware for all you Windows users who don’t have an official tool as of yet.

Below are the links to the files, I will update them as I upload them and feel free to share this post with others.

Please read this Dev-Team article before using any of the custom restore files.

Details: Only non-hacktivated firmwares without Multitasking Enabled come with custom boot logos, root size is shown in brackets next to the device (I just used the default setting.)  Also baseband update is not enabled.

iPhone 3GS iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 831MB)
Not Hacktivated (w/Custom Boot Logos) – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw
Not Hactivated – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Without_Custom_Boot_Logos).ipsw
Hactivated – iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hacktivated).ipsw

iPhone 3G iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 756MB)
Not Hacktivated (w/Custom Boot Logos) – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw
Not Hacktivated – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Without_Custom_Boot_Logos).ipsw
Not Hactivated w/ Multitasking Enabled – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw
Hactivated – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hactivated).ipsw
Hacktivated w/ Multitasking Enabled – iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Hactivated_Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw

iPod Touch 2G iOS 4 Custom Restore (Root Size 688MB)
Without Multitasking Enabled (w/Custom Boot Logos) – iPod2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore.ipsw
Without Multitasking Enabled – iPod2,1__4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Without_Custom_Boot_Logos).ipsw
With Multitasking Enabled – iPod2,1_4.0_8A293_Custom_Restore_(Multitasking_Enabled).ipsw

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