Since Apple introduced an API in iOS that detects jailbroken iOS devices, developers have been using it to prevent users who have jailbroken their iOS devices, developers have been using it to prevent users who have jailbroken their iOS devices from using their apps. Typically these users are greeted with the following error message: “Jailbreak detected. App cannot run on a jailbroken device” when they launch such apps.
The jailbreak detection has been found in apps such as Bloomberg Anywhere, Cablevision, Cisco M-Learning, DirecTV for iPad, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Time Warner Cable, Verizon On Demand /FlexView etc. Cable companies such as Cablevision and Time Warner that allow their apps to be used only over home Wi-Fi network are paranoid that users who have jailbroken their iOS device could use their jailbreak tweaks such as My3G that enable 3G for “Wi-Fi Only” apps and use their apps while on the go. This is what has lead them to have taken the extreme step of preventing jailbroken iOS device users from using their apps.
This is going to be harder though since the iOS hacker, n00neimp0rtant recently created a jailbreak tweak called xCon which bypasses jailbreak detection in apps. It allows you to use the apps that currently prevent jailbroken iOS device users from using. The tweak apparently works by sandboxing the apps into its own memory space allowing you to use them without a jailbreak being detected.
If you want any other app to be supported then send an email to the developer at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The jailbreak tweak is available in Cydia for free.
Has it ever bothered you when someone was trying to call you and in order to answer the call, you have to “slide to answer?” Or were you ever in a position where you have no free hands and get a phone call but have to slide the button in order to answer the call? Don’t you just wish you could always have the option to “answer” or “decline” a phone call like you can when you’re not in lock screen mode? Well today is your lucky day because we are here to introduce a jailbreak tweak that allows you to do just that.
This jailbreak tweak released by John Heaton has been around for a while now, but was only fully updated to work with iOS 5 recently. EZDecline gives you the option to either “answer” or “decline” an incoming call straight from the lock screen. It gets rid of the “slide to answer” and definitely makes your life 10x easier! No more getting embarrassed because you forgot to turn your device to “silent mode” and your ringtone Hot in Herre is playing on full blast at a ceremony- meanwhile the only way you could make it stop is by pressing the sleep button. All you have to do with EZDecline installed, is simply press the decline button and your ringtone will stop within seconds and the call will be forwarded to voicemail.
EZDecline can be downloaded on Cydia from the BigBoss repo for only 99¢. Once the tweak is installed, all you have to do is respring your device (without the need to restart your phone) and it’ll be activated. It is now version 2.0 and is compatible with all jailbroken iOS 4 AND iOS 5 devices.
Have you downloaded this tweak yet? If so, how much easier is it then the original “slide to answer” feature? If you haven’t yet, will you be looking into it? Let us know below!
A new jailbreak tweak is currently in the works which is creating a lot of buzz in the jailbreak community. The tweak in question is IntelliID. As you can probably guess, it provides Caller ID for your iPhone. The thing that makes it very interesting is that the app is very sophisticated when it comes to its way of looking up wireless callers.
According to Intelliborn, the makers of IntelliID, the app fetches the caller’s name from a US/Canada calling database and displays on the incoming call screen, as well as missed calls on the lock screen and on the recent call list. The announced features include:
- Rapidly fetches incoming caller name
- Add to contacts automatically enters First and Last Name in Contacts entry
- Integrates into Missed Call information in Recent Phone list and on lockscreen for iOS 4.x and iOS 5.x!
- Full 30 day history helps you keep track of your lookup usage
The app even makes it easy to add contact numbers after they have called by filling in their first and last name when you add a new contact through IntelliID.
The app is said to be available on a subscription bases. All of the tiers include 6 months of service.
- Tier 1 – $4.99 – 250 lookups per month
- Tier 2 – $7.99 – 500 lookups per month
- Tier 3 – $9.99 – Unlimited lookups
(All of which are limited to one device only)
A free trial (which consists of 10 free lookups) is being made available to new users. IntelliID supports iOS 4.x and even iOS 5.x.
Apple recently released iOS 4.3.5, which further patches security vulnerabilities found in the iOS firmware. As usual, it is recommended that jailbreakers steer clear from the update as it offers nothing substantially new and makes it further to enjoy a jailbroken iDevice. Upon its release, the newest iteration of iOS 4 did not have a confirmed jailbreak method. According to Apple’s Knowledgebase article the update includes the following:
“Available for: iOS 3.0 through 4.3.4 for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 (GSM), iOS 3.1 through 4.3.4 for iPod touch (3rd generation) and later, iOS 3.2 through 4.3.4 for iPad.
Impact: An attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS.
Description: A certificate chain validation issue existed in the handling of X.509 certificates. An attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS. Other attacks involving X.509 certificate validation may also be possible. This issue is addressed through improved validation of X.509 certificate chains.”
It has recently been discovered that you can perform a tethered jailbreak on any iDevice (aside from the iPad 2) utilizing the recently released RedSn0w 0.9.8b4. All you have to do is point RedSn0w 0.9.8b4 to the iOS 4.3.4 release and it will work as usual. Remember though, this does not work on the iPad 2.
At least now if you or someone you know has accidentally upgraded, you can still use a tethered jailbreak, which beats having no jailbreak.
As previously promised by Comex, the popular iOS hacker released the source code of his jailbreak tool, JailbreakMe 3.0. The code allows people capable of understanding it how the tool successfully jailbreaks iDevices that are not patched. Releasing the code is a great way for Comex to help new and veteran hackers alike.
JailbreakMe was first released on iOS 1.1.1 for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The second version was then released for iOS 4.0.1 on all iOS devices, and then the latest version, Version 3, was release just a couple of weeks ago. It was codenamed Saffron and worked on all iOS devices running iOS 4.3.3. The tool took advantage of a PDF exploit found in Mobile Safari along with other techniques that make it the fastest jailbreaking tool yet. Amongst being the fastest, it was also the first tool to jailbreak the iPad 2.
You have to keep in mind that in its current state, JailbreakMe does not work on iOS 4.3.4. Apple updated the iOS firmware to patch the exploit used in Comex’s JailbreakMe 3.0. The exploit that was patched as mention was a PDF-based Mobile Safari exploit. Apple not only managed to patch the PDF exploit but also patched ion1c’s exploit, which was used to perform untethered jailbreaks on iOS 4.3.x.
Jailbreak enthusiasts are encouraged to stay away from iOS 4.3.4 unless they want their untethered jailbreak freedom taken away. For security reasons, it is highly recommended that you install PDF Patcher 2, which provides the same advantages as iOS 4.3.4 without being locked out of an untethered jailbreak. For those of you who want to check out the source code for JailbreakMe 3.0, you can do so at GitHub by clicking here.
If you still have not jailbroken and you are still on iOS 4.3.3, now is the best time to do so as a jailbroken iDevice is just a few taps away!
MuscleNerd (@MuscleNerd) has recently tweeted that the iPhone Dev-Team has released the third beta of RedSn0w for the recently released iOS 4.3.4 / iOS 4.2.9.
redsn0w b3 http://is.gd/6eek4Y is a *tethered* 4.3.4 JB for kernel hackers only (see #3). Most should stay back at 4.3.3!
A new post on the iPhone Dev-Team blog gives us more insight as to what the third beta of RedSn0w is all about. We recommend reading this part really carefully:
Update #3: For the convenience of kernel hackers like @comex and @i0n1c, we have a new redsn0w 0.9.8b3 that supports a TETHERED jailbreak for iOS 4.3.4 on all devices that have 4.3.4 except the iPad2. The vast majority of people will want to stay back at 4.3.3 because that’s where the untethered jailbreak is! There are no new features in 4.3.4 — only fixes for jailbreak exploits.
Also, this is a good time to remind everyone (since we’re still seeing confusion about this): iPad2 owners with a baseband (3G or CDMA) cannot currently use saved blobs to go back to 4.3.3 once the signing window is closed. This is unlike every other device, so don’t be confused! iPad2 owners with basebands should stay away from all updates to maintain the jailbreak!
To sum everything up, this version of RedSn0w supports a tethered jailbreak for all iDevices on iOS 4.3.4 / iOS 4.2.9 except for the iPad 2. More specifically, this version is meant for kernel hackers only and it is advised that all other people should stay away from iOS 4.3.4 / iOS 4.2.9 as they ad no new features and were strictly released as an update to fix jailbreak exploits. For those of you who have an iPad 2, you cannot currently go back to iOS 4.3.3 on SHSH blobs after the signing window is closed so to maintain a jailbreak, you should stay away from all updates.
If you are a hacker or developer and you understand the risk you would be taking using this version of RedSn0w then the links you may need can be found below:
Again, this version of RedSn0w is for kernal hackers only. There is NO reason for an average user to update to iOS 4.3.4 and use this jailbreak as of right now.
Apple pushed out iOS 4.3.4 for the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch. If you or someone you know accidentally upgraded to iOS 4.3.4 (on a GSM iDevice) or iOS 4.2.9 (on a CDMA iDevice) and your iDevice is not an iPad 2 then you are safe! You can use PwnageTool to jailbreak any device except for the iPad 2 running on the new version of iOS, while also preserving your baseband for an ultrasn0w unlock later on (for those of you with iPhones). The tool / jailbreak method has been confirmed to work. One of the downsides is that the jailbreak is tethered, which means that if your device loses power or restarts when then you will have to boot it into the jailbroken state again. Despite it being an annoying jailbreak, it beats having no jailbreak at all. The method required is the same for those of you who are familiar with it. Download the iOS 4.3.4 or iOS 4.2.9 IPSW, create the custom firmware bundle using PwnageTool, then restore to the custom firmware IPSW using iTunes. The folks over at RedmondPie have created a tutorial informing you how to do just that for those of you who are unfamiliar with how to do it. Happy jailbreaking!