Uncertain jailbreak tool – limera1n was making the rest very angry.
If you are iOS jailbreak user, and you are those who jailbroke your iphone and don’t care who are the person working behind this. You probably don’t know about Geohot (George Hotz), a guy who release jailbreak/cracking tool for PS3 and iPhone OS since 1st gen (the software unlock for the iPhone’s new Bootloader Version 4.6) then 3Gs purplera1n, blackra1n etc. You can read his wikipedia here.
Actually before releasing his current jailbreak tool, he is decided to quit developing a jailbreak tool and release to the public for a personal reason, which is posted on his blog. And cause many jailbreak users disappointed and angry why he is so emotional, since he posted his update about the jailbreak release news via Twitter.
We thought GeoHot is quit, but suddenly, he published his new jailbreak tool few days ago, which making the rest very angry (iPhone dev team and Chronic Dev Team, teams that work on iOS jailbreak/unlock tools).
Check out these few screenshot from Twitters for both team’s twitter page:
The reason why the rest are angry is because if more than one exploit is released simultaneously, Apple can fix them both in their next firmware release. By releasing first, Geohot has allegedly forced other teams to decide between the good of iPhone users over the short term (by releasing a different, more stable exploit) or over the long term (by saving their exploit for future use) and so far it looks like both teams have chosen to prolong the fight.
To make it simple, what GeoHot did is giving Apple a chance that fix their security hole for the coming new firmware say 4.2, and also might cause some additional exploit that can be found in 4.2 to be fix by Apple. Which mean, iPhone/Chronic Dev Team will have to find other exploit for their next jailbreak tool.
My opinion about the Limera1n jailbreak tool
After reading some feedback from some users after using Limera1n jailbreak tool. I would encourage you don’t use Limera1n and wait for iPhone Dev Team or Chronic Dev team for their stable jailbreak tool. However, use with your own risk. These are what iPhone Dev Team say about GeoHot:
After a few very dramatic days in the jailbreak community, geohot has come out of nowhere to release limera1n. It’s a bootrom-level jailbreak that works on the iPhone3GS, iPhone4, iPod touch 3G, iPod touch 4G, the iPad, and (technically) the AppleTV 2G.
DO NOT USE LIMERA1N IF YOU USE THE ULTRASN0W CARRIER UNLOCK — wait for PwnageTool to incorporate the limera1n exploit. This is so that you can avoid updating your baseband and losing the unlock (possibly forever).
Limera1n uses a different exploit than SHAtter, and in fact covers more devices. Although some may question geohot’s dramatic and competitive style, he obviously does have considerable skill pulling this together in just over a day (although he’s had the underlying exploit for months). Credit also goes to @comex, who provides the untethered aspect of limera1n via another one of his growing list of kernel hacks.
The release of limera1n has (hopefully!) averted the burning of 2 bootrom holes at once (both his and SHAtter). Releasing SHAtter now would be a complete waste of a perfectly good bootrom hole in light of limera1n, and so it can be held until Apple closes limera1n’s hole. While there’s no guarantee that Apple won’t also close SHAtter by then, it provides a ray of hope for devices after Apple’s bootrom respin. Meanwhile, look for an alternate implementation of the limera1n exploit in greenpois0n (and possibly other tools), where it should undergo more testing too.
Limera1n wasn’t tested very thoroughly and does have some issues. Geohot typically works these out in subsequent (and rapid) releases (there are already 3 beta versions of it as of Saturday night!).
Personally, i don’t think it is good idea to show the world how you are capable but ignore the rest of the team. You don’t work with the team and want to be hero is fine, but causing the others more trouble to solve, is not a good idea.