Greenpois0n Jailbreak Tool Released, Mac Version Incoming

Greenpois0n jailbreak
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It’s been a chaotic week in the jailbreak community, with not one but two new tools released to free your iOS devices — but for now, you’ll need a Windows computer to make the magic happen.

TUAW is reporting
that the Chronic-Dev Team has released their “greenpois0n” jailbreak tool, which was first expected on Sunday, October 10 only to be sideswiped by the return of George “geohot” Holtz, who swept back into the hacker community a day early with his own “limera1n” tool. Limera1n uses a completely different hole in Apple’s firmware than the previously discovered SHAtter exploit, which was originally planned for Greenpois0n.

Rather than waste two firmware exploits and risk that Apple will wind up closing them both with next month’s iOS 4.2 release, the Chronic Dev-Team decided to do the responsible thing and delay Greenpois0n so they could implement Geohot’s exploit and save their own for a future firmware update.

A number of early Limera1n users reported problems with Geohot’s software, which has mostly been worked out after a series of updates. Greenpois0n promises to be less buggy, having already been run through its paces over the last few months.

While Limera1n is a Windows-only program, the Chronic Dev-Team is working hard to produce a Mac version of Greenpois0n, which is expected soon (in addition to a Linux version as well). Greenpois0n currently supports newer devices such as the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch third and fourth generation and the iPad; support for older devices will be added in a later release.

Enterprising Windows users who want to jailbreak their device now can download the tool from the Greenpois0n website — but as always, such software comes with a warning that you could mess up your device or lose valuable data, so make sure to back things up in iTunes first. Should something go wrong, you can most always restore your device and get things back to normal.

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