PwnageTool

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PwnageTool is an iOS jailbreak tool for Mac OS X that jailbreaks by creating a custom IPSW. You are allowed to change boot logos and add pre-installed packages to the IPSW. After an IPSW is created you can use it for restore using iTunes.

Exploits Used

Version 4.0

Version 2.0

Version 1.0

Models Supported

Model Since
iPhone 3G July 19, 2008
iPod touch 3GS Oct. 2, 2009
iPhone 4 Oct. 20, 2010
iPod touch 3G Oct. 20, 2010
iPod touch 4G Oct. 20, 2010
iPad 1G Oct. 20, 2010
Apple TV 2G Oct. 20, 2010

Please note that the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S are not yet supported, as there is no publicly available bootrom exploit (like Pwnage, Pwnage 2.0, limera1n) for the A5-Processor.

Versions

PwnageTool was released April 3, 2008 but largely unused until version 2.0 was released July 19, 2008. The following versions that are shown here are not beta, alpha, or in development.

1.x: First release of PwnageTool

Version Release date Features
1.0 April 3, 2008
  • Initial release
  • Supports iPod touch 1G and iPhone 2G.
  • Includes 2 modes: iPwner and custom .ipsw
  • Uses Ramdisk Hack+Pwnage in iPwner then creates the firmware.
1.1 April/May, 2008
  • Jailbreaks 1.1.4 firmware
  • Supports iPod touch 1G and iPhone 2G.
  • Custom boot logos can now be added
  • Added Bootneuter integration
  • Still uses iPwner and custom .ipsw

2.x: Second major release of Pwnagetool

Version Release date Features
2.0 Jul 19, 2008
  • Added iPhone 3G support [1]
  • Jailbreaks 2.0 Firmware
  • Change boot logos
  • Adds Cydia by default
2.0.1 Aug 4, 2008
  • Jailbreaks 2.0.1 firmware
  • Works for 2.0 and 2.0.1.
2.0.2 Aug 21, 2008
  • Jailbreaks 2.0.2 firmware [2]
  • Works for 2.0, 2.0.1, and 2.0.2.
  • Bug fixes - for when it doesn't go to the next page when you click on something.
2.0.3 Aug 25, 2008
  • Jailbreaks 2.0.2 firmware
  • Works for 2.0, 2.0.1, and 2.0.2.
2.1 Sep 13, 2008
  • Jailbreaks 2.1 firmware
  • Removed backwards compatibility
  • Download packages from a valid Cydia source, and add them onto your custom IPSW.
2.2 Nov 21, 2008
  • Jailbreaks 2.2 firmware
2.2.5 Jan 30, 2009

3.x: Third Major Release of PwnageTool

Version Release date Features
3.0 Jun 19, 2009
  • Jailbreaks 3.0 firmware
  • DFU mode instructions included
3.1 Sep 15, 2009
  • Jailbreaks 3.1 firmware for iPhone 2G and 3G
  • Jailbreaks 3.1.1 firmware for iPod touch 1G
3.1.3 Oct 2, 2009
  • Support for iPhone 3GS with Bootrom 359.3 bootrom and iPod touch 2G with Bootrom 240.4 bootrom (these devices need to be pwned from 3.0/3.0.1)
3.1.4 Oct 13, 2009
  • Jailbreaks 3.1.2 firmware for iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS with Bootrom 359.3 bootrom, iPod touch 1G, iPod touch 2G with Bootrom 240.4 bootrom
  • iPod touch 3G not supported.
3.1.5 Feb 7, 2010
  • Jailbreaks 3.1.3 firmware for devices supported in 3.1.4.

4.x: Fourth Major Release of PwnageTool

Version Release date Features
4.0 Jun 22, 2010
  • Jailbreaks iOS 4.0 for devices supported in 3.1.4.
4.01 Jun 23, 2010
  • Fixes iBooks issue.
4.1 Oct 20, 2010
4.1.1 Oct 22, 2010
  • Fixes issues with Leopard.
4.1.2 Oct 22, 2010
  • Fixes more issues with Leopard.
4.1.3 Nov 28, 2010
4.2 Feb 15, 2010
  • Support for iOS 4.2.1 on every device that is compatible, except for the iPod touch 2G.
4.3 Apr 3, 2011
  • Support for iOS 4.3.1 on every device that is compatible, except for the iPad 2.
4.3.2 Apr 24, 2011
  • Support for iOS 4.3.2 on every device that is compatible, except for the iPad 2.
4.3.3 May 6, 2011
  • Support for iOS 4.3.3 on every device that is compatible, except for the iPad 2.
4.3.3.1 May 8, 2011
  • includes a fix for the iPhone 3GS / iPhone 4 side switch vibration issue (only for 4.3.3)

5.x: Fifth Major Release of PwnageTool

Version Release date Features
5.0.1 Dec 27, 2011
  • Jailbreaks iOS 5.0.1 for non-A5 devices.
5.1.1 June 4, 2012
  • Jailbreaks iOS 5.1.1 for non-A5(X) devices.

Creating the Firmware

PwnageTool takes the IPSW file and patches it, creating a custom version. This enables a lot more features such as pre-installed packages, BootNeuter (iPhone software unlock), custom packages and boot logos. This method is usually less secure than the quick exploits such (redsn0w, QuickPwn, purplera1n, blackra1n, etc.).

How to create Custom Firmware Bundles

Main article: Making PwnageTool Bundles


Problems

This method does have negative aspects. The most common errors are the 16xx range of errors, which mean that the either the firmware file is corrupt or you didn't put it in the right mode (Recovery, DFU Mode). Sometimes the problems could just be a computer problem such as the memory is full or the USB port is broken. The most common error is Error 1604 which means that the firmware file is corrupted.

Windows

PwnageTool is expected to remain exclusive to Mac OS X. As of October 2009, iH8sn0w, et. al. has announced that they made a project that will bring PwnageTool's functionality to Windows, called sn0wbreeze. [3]

License

PwnageTool is freeware.