A few days ago we have spoken that Apple Blocked Jailbreak in iPhone 3GS 3.1.2 OOB, due to a new version of ‘iBoot introduced by Apple to fix a security vulnerability that prevents the exploit 24kpwn. Today, Eric McDonald, a member of the DevTeam, said in a telephone interview to the Wired that there is no much to fear because even on these “new iPhone 3GS” will be able to run the Jailbreak. Well, this is a good news for those who just purchased a new unit of iPhone 3GS or all those users who wish to purchase the device in the coming days / months.
24kpwn was the longest standing hole in Apple pocket and finally Apple blocked it with a new iBoot update. This was the first time when Apple introduced a new bootrom after the release of product, . Apple updated the iBoot –359.3 to iBoot –359.3.2 and the latest iBoot isn’t vulnerable to the 24kpwn exploit. McDonald explained that current tools will still work with the latest batch of iPhone 3GS units. The “24kpwn” exploit used to help jailbreak previous iPhones and iPod Touch devices only made it easier to boot up the hacked devices. The cat and mouse game isn’t finished yet, we can hope Dev team will find an alternative to 24kpwn exploit very soon. In short it’s still possible to jailbreak the newly shipped iPhone 3GS but in a tethered way. It’s all on Dev-Team to find a new exploit to enable untethered booting once again. Many nerds around here are confused with a tethered and untethered jailbreak.
- Tethered Jailbreak : If you shut down a jailbroken iPhone 3GS, or if it runs out of power, you can only turn it back on by plugging it into a computer.
- Untethered Jailbreak : If you shut down a jailbroken iPhone 3GS, or if it runs out of power you can switch it on back with power button.
Summary : Apple didn’t blocked the jailbreak they just blocked a bit of code (24kpwn) that allowed for untethered jailbreaks in the first place.