Geohot Jailbreaks iPhone 4


Well, Geohot has done it again, although with a lot less enthusiasm, this time. Geohot (aka George Hotz) was the original iPhone unlocker and was all over mainstream media, for being able to hack the original iPhone to run on T-Mobile, instead of AT&T. Back then it was a pretty messy hardware hack that had to be done. Nowadays, it can be simple as one click, and you’re device is jailbroken.

Geohot’s most recent released jailbreak was called Blackra1n, which still works on all devices up to iPhone 3GS, on iOS 3.1.2. It is a simple, fast jailbreak that was easy for folks who were just getting into the jailbreak scene. Geohot has now shown off his new jailbreak skills, in a new blog post apathetically called “Meh”, jailbreaking the iPhone 4. Apparently, he is using the same exploit that he used for the iPad, a few months ago. Back then he assumed this exploit would work on iPhone 4, as he was right.

Geohot had this to say on his blog:

Got one of these in the mail today and figured I’d give it a shot.

As far as a release goes, it probably won’t happen from me. limera1n is little more than a raindrop on a website; it was never mentioned by me previous to this post. pwned4life is a complete invention of some blogger in a basement somewhere. When I said pwned for life, I was referring to the original iPhone, 3G, and Touch; which of course are, by the aptly named PwnageTool.

Again, please don’t ask for release dates. Every person that does makes me want to release a little bit less.

My personal opinion is this: we will see a new release from comex and The iPhone Dev Team, before we see anything from Geohot. They have a new version of the Spirit jailbreak ready to go, and are just waiting for Apple to release their iOS4 update, before releasing the new jailbreak to the public.

From the Spirit website:

What’s up with 4.0? It’s theoretically possible to chainload a 4.0 kernel on top of 3.1.x, which would allow the existing userland exploit to run a jailbroken 4.0 for devices with saved 3.1.x SHSH blobs, but quite hard. Instead, I’m focusing on exploiting a new bug, which is actually easier and should work on the iPhone 4 as well…

Geohot may hold on to his exploit until there is absolutely no other options out there, who knows. Maybe if everyone stopped bugging him about it, he’d be more inclined to release something. 🙂


  • Dee

    Geohot is such an egotistical dick, I don't know why people even keep giving him attention.

  •  Xaroc

    They want his gifts. So they will rub his back to he drops them.
    Geohot deals with a lot of impatient people, I too use to be on the modding business (not iPhones) and people get on your bad side when they feel they have a right to have what you made the minute I'm able to release it. Most don't even say thank you. I totally understand his mind set. I been there

  • Jlocicero

    At least he was polite about it! 🙂

  • Scottb

    Geohot is a goof. Even if he released something I wouldn't support it. Dev team all the way.

  • Guest

    Lock you up and throw away the key

  • Stumtl

    Just use Devteam and let the little boy make all the noise he wants. Dont worry Geohot, we'll leave you alone so you can watch old reruns of Baywatch and wank

  • Mike

    “… and 'YOU'RE' device is jailbroken???”

    What is this, grade 3? Learn to spell!!

  • I've been following the “scene” for a few years now, and here is how I view others involved.

    Geohot is good at what he does, and sometimes that means finding exploits, but I wouldn't use anything he produces. He never fixed any of the known bugs in blackra1n, nor did he ever intend to. I agree with some of his philosophy, but his pompous attitude makes him come off as such a douchebag that really, it's hard to like him.

    Comex is a respectable hacker who has done good work on both Wii and iPhone systems, and I absolutely trust him (even if spirit had a few bugs). He seems to look out for the user, which Geohot has no interest in.

    The Dev-Team are also trustable, they test everything they produce and are more sensible about burning their exploits. Planetbeing and MuscleNerd specifically seem to look out for the user, yet are both technical enough to make progress into safe jailbreaks and unlocks.

    And well, ih8snow seems like a kid who just wants to play with the big boys. He releases without testing and is in it for the recognition. He might release a few useful tools, but I don't see him as an accomplished hacker. He's also asking users to donate for his iPhone 4 fund not because he intends to find a new exploit for it, but because he wants a new iPhone. He seems more naïve than anything to me.

    I don't know what to think about p0six. He seems to have some cred, yet he's been asking for donations for years and has only just now released his greenpoison toolkit. He does feel a tad shady to me, but I could definitely be wrong on that.

    Saurik is awesome. He is a busy guy and doesn't dedicate a lot of time to the jailbreak scene any more, but he looks our for the user and when there is a problem, he finds a solution. Be it Cydia, the Cydia store, running an SHSH server, he is always fixing problems as they present themselves. We owe a lot to him even though he's not involved in the actual jailbreaking process.

    Zibri was a scumbag, if you remember him. He wrote Ziphone which was a dangerous jailbreak to the user, and used to try to make money.

    Yep, just felt like writing I guess. You guys can use that as a reference guide if you want. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

  • 1His_Nibs1

    I agree with SquareWheel re: Geohot. Sure I used his blackra1n exploit/jailbreak tool to jailbreak/unlock my phone but I don't know how many times it crashed on me and I had to do a total restore, eventually losing the jailbreak altogether…….so yea he is good at what he does but IMHO he just enjoys being able to say “I did it first” and then slips back into obscurity. I don't ever recall seeing in Cydia “updates” to fix blackra1n's bugs….so the support for the user wasn't there….at least not that I can remember. Maybe I was to busy having to restore my phone all the time to notice. Spirit on the other hand has been day and night compared to the bugs I experienced with blackra1n.

  • mackman6151

    he won't release it anytime soon….it's gonna be like the ps3 custom firmware that never surfaced.

  • Jay

    Geohot is such a child, he even changed his blog to private because he couldnt take the comments people were leaving on his posts -_-

  •  Xaroc

    Doesn't mean he's a child. Even the manliest of men are smart enough to walk away when people are spiting at them.

    I wouldn't want to hear peoples trash talk either. Granted I would have handled myself differently, but you can't blame the guy from shielding himself from all the nasty comments some people can make.

  • Sam_serious_stone

    you shouldnt kick a gift horse in the mouth. if he wants to wait to release it then let him. If he released it today there is a chance that apple could patch the exploit he used making it useless to everyone with the most recent version. sony has done that with the psp numerous times. if you want it sooo had why dont you just go ahead and figure it out yourself. he sad it works the same way as jailbreaking the ipad, so you have an idea of where to start

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