checkra1n on Linux nearing release, Apple TV DFU helper coming too
Despite being a closed ecosystem, iDevice users enjoy an advanced level of control over the OS through jailbreaking. But, not many opt for it because the Cupertino tech giant denies warranty claims for jailbroken gadgets.
Moreover, one has to choose the jailbreaking tool so carefully that an incompatible selection will make your iPhone/iPad a fiasco. Owing to the frequent vulnerability fixes released by Apple, we can’t use a single tool for every iOS iteration.
Guess what! There’s one named checkm8 bootrom exploit. What brings it under the limelight is its incurability. Provided the issue lies in one of the things pertaining to the boot up, no software update can patch that. And, checkra1n makes use of this exploit in an effective manner.
Interestingly enough, a week ago, an inside-person linked with checkra1n tweeted that the tool would go live for Linux soon. But, we couldn’t see it happening. Maybe that’s what triggered a user to tweet the following.
To recall, Nikias Bassen released libusbmuxd 2.0.1 three days ago. It’s a client library to multiplex connections from and to iOS devices by connecting to a socket provided by a usbmuxd daemon.
In case you remember, we reported about a possibly jailbroken Apple TV 4K. Do you think it’s feasible? Don’t worry! Steven Barker has a jailbreaking solution for Apple TVs. However, it needs official checkra1n release for the gadget.
What is it?
This is a simple adapter to breakout from the internal debug port, UART, and a method of entering DFU.
What can I use it for?
Once checkra1n supports the Apple TV 4K, it will allow you to jailbreak your Apple TV with the checkm8 exploit.
Is it ready for production?
Yes, while it is in concept, and only renders exist of the final product, it is a direct implementation of my protoboard version, just smaller and using FFC to bring the signals out of the Apple TV.
Why a breakout board?
Space inside the Apple TV is at a premium. Clearance between the PCB and the heatsink and fan is almost non-existent. The breakout board was devised as a solution to this problem for a modchip. The breakout board also provided an opportunity to give a direct USB connection to give people access to the device much sooner.
Note:- Stay tuned to our iOS section for similar jailbreaking stories.
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