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Almost Here, an Easy iPod Touch 2G Jailbreak

Good news!  I finally do a post about progress on an 2nd gen iPod Touch jailbreak, and the Dev Team anounces another big step forward.

The iPod Touch 2G is now another member of the “pwned for life” family. It has a fatal flaw in its bootrom that means you will always be able to pwn these devices no matter what firmware updates come along. This is the full, untethered jailbreak, something that iPod Touch 2G users have not had before today.

It’ll be a little bit before this is packaged for easy installation

via Dev-Team Blog – iPod Touch 2G: Hi, welcome to the jailbreak family.

RedSn0w: An iPod Touch Jailbreak Allready in Progress

This is old news at this point, but for anyone with an iPod Touch who missed it, there is now a jailbreak for it called “redsn0w.

This is definitely a work in progress.  “Caleb Mingle” has done the hard work of compiling a redsn0w FAQ.  It looks like it’s a bit out of date in spots, but it covers a lot of important ground.

Jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch via the Web, and Secure it at the Same Time

Hackers discovered a security flaw in the iPhone software when they were trying to figure out how to install unofficial 3rd party apps. Now some of them have created an exploit that takes advantage of that flaw to jailbreak your phone and install 3rd party apps just by visiting a website.

I don’t know how I feel about this. On the one hand, I appreciate the simplicity. On the other hand, I’m not thrilled that an exploit for the TIFF image security flaw has been released into the wild. On the other foot, it’s cool that this hack patches that security flaw. Of course, all this means that Apple will be releasing a security fix soon. I’m just hoping that it doesn’t block other methods of jailbreaking the iPhone.

If you want to try it yourself, visit Jailbreakme.com to add 3rd party apps to your iPhone or iPod Touch

  1. Jailbreaks iPhone/iPod Touch on 1.1.1
  2. Patches Springboard to load third party apps
  3. Activates non-AT&T iPhones automatically, while leaving already activated phones alone
  4. Fixes YouTube on non-AT&T iPhones automatically, while leaving already activated phones alone
  5. Installs Installer.app v3.0b5 on the iPhone/iPod Touch
  6. Fixes Apple’s TIFF bug, making your device MORE secure than it was without AppSnapp!

Huge News! iPhone SDK to Come in February and it supports the iPod Touch Too!

Apple pushed an item to their “Hot News” page this morning that they will be releasing an official SDK for iPhone apps in Febrary.  Even better, it’s also for the iPod Touch!

I figured that the first officialy 3rd party iPhone apps would basically be Dashboard widgets, but it sounds like this is much more than that, and that they plan on having good security infrastructure in place to prevent the spread of malicious applications.

The timing of the announcement suggests to me that Apple is doing everything to stay in the news in the run-up to the release of Leopard.  I wonder what else they have up their sleeves.

The full text of the announcement hasn’t been published on a unique URL, so I’ll quote it here for the curious.

Third Party Applications on the iPhone

Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once—provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones—this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than “totally open,” we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.

Steve

P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch. [Oct 17, 2007]“

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