OpenJailbreak: A Community Project To Help Keep iOS Hackable [Jailbreak]

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Earlier today, we showed you a screenshot of what appears to be iOS 7 in some sort of jailbroken state. While the screenshot doesn’t confirm that iOS 7 has been fully jailbroken by any means, it’s a good sign that jailbreaking will live on in the post-iOS 6 era.

OpenJailbreak, a new project led by renowned iOS hacker Joshua ‘p0sixninja‘ Hill, will be the first community-driven hub of code and tools solely dedicated to jailbreaking and everything it entails. Not only does this mean that hacking iOS could become more of a public effort, but it also means that exploits will likely be gathered more quickly for jailbreaking future iOS versions. 

iFans spoke with Hill about OpenJailbreak after the hacker tweeted about the project for the first time yesterday:

“Essentially it’s going to be a repository of open source jailbreak components that I created over the years,” claims Hill. “So much of my code has been hacked up and incorporated into other projects, it’s becoming very fragmented. There’s no central repository to maintain all this code, to allow other developers to submit patches or help layout a roadmap for what new features and abilities will be added in the future.”

Hill has contributed to numerous jailbreaks over the years and was a longtime member of the Chronic Dev Team. He was noticeably absent from the rockstar roster of the Evad3rs for the iOS 6 jailbreak, and he’s been laying low for awhile now.

OpenJailbreak is very much a legitimate operation that should be launching on the web any day now. It’s positioned to greatly help the jailbreak community.

You have to understand how creating jailbreaks works behind the scenes to really grasp how OpenJailbreak could help. In the past, the iOS exploits required to create a jailbreak were discovered and gathered by multiple hackers who usually live continents away from each other. These hackers then band together in “teams” (like the Evad3rs) to collaborate and put their individual pieces together. Very rarely is a complete jailbreak basically put together by only one person.

OpenJailbreak sounds like a way to encourage collaboration in gathering jailbreak exploits. Nearly anyone will be able to contribute on the surface level, and “those that are more experienced with development would gain access to higher-tier channels for sharing their exploits or discoveries.”

We’ve reached out to Hill for additional info. More on this as it develops. The Evad3rs also have exploits in the chamber for iOS 7.

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  • _Weslo_

    This kind of sounds like a horrible idea for jailbreaking, as a whole. Being an open community, who do you think will be one of the first groups of people watching the progress? Apple. This also seems like an easy way for information to leak. That random new expert exploit finder could end up being an Apple dev gaining access to the “higher level tiers” and seeing how they can patch their holes.

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