limera1n is geohot's jailbreak utility. It uses a previously undisclosed bootrom exploit and comex's Packet Filter Kernel Exploit to achieve an untethered jailbreak on many devices. The following devices are supported:
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4 (iPhone3,1)
- iPod touch 3G
- iPod touch 4G
- iPad 1G
- Apple TV 2G (creates a bare-bones jailbreak by mounting '/' as read/write in /etc/fstab)
limera1n has been demonstrated multiple times by geohot, using blog posts on his now private blog. Geohot showed off a high-res picture of Cydia on an iPhone 4. He displayed an iPod touch 3G with an untethered jailbreak that met MuscleNerd's requirements for a good video. In addition, he took a picture of Cydia and blackra1n icons on an iPad.
- Release Date: October 9, 2010
- Supported OS's: Mac OS X, Windows
- Supported Operations: hacktivation, jailbreaking
- Supported iOS: 3.2.2-4.1
iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G, iPad, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G
4.0-4.1 and beyond+++
limera1n is unpatchable
untethered thanks to jailbreakme star comex
brought to you by geohot
Mac coming in 7 years
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- geohot - The program itself, and the bootrom exploit.
- comex - The userland exploit that allows limera1n to run untethered.
|BETA 1||9 Oct 2010 XX:XX GMT||2f2b09a6ed5c5613d5361d8a9d0696b6||First release.|
|BETA 2||10 Oct 2010 XX:XX GMT||a70dccb3dfc0e505687424184dc3d1ce||Fixed kernel patching magic. Rerun BETA2+ over BETA1.|
|BETA 3||10 Oct 2010 XX:XX GMT||81730090f7de1576268ee8c2407c3d35||Fixed an issue with iPhone 3GS (new bootrom)|
|BETA 4||10 Oct 2010 XX:XX GMT||d901c4b3a544983f095b0d03eb94e4db||Uninstall fixed, respring fixed|
|RC1||11 Oct 2010 XX:XX GMT||0622d99ffe4c25f75c720a689853845f||out of beta! afc2, reliability improvements, no reboot for cydia, 2kb smaller|
|RC1b||11 Oct 2010 XX:XX GMT||fc6f7d696a57c3baede49bdff8a7f43f||addresses an install issue, mainly with iPads|
|Final||11 Oct 2010 23:XX GMT||fc6f7d696a57c3baede49bdff8a7f43f||(same as RC1b)|
- limera1n has nothing to do with SHAtter at all.
- limera1n uses a bootrom exploit to achieve the tethered jailbreak and unsigned code execution.
- limera1n uses a userland exploit to make it untethered, which was developed by comex.
- limera1n uses a hacktivation dylib to perform hacktivation.
The jailbreak appears to execute something like the following (in no particular order):
- In recovery1,
"setenv debug-uarts 1 setenv auto-boot false saveenv"
"setenv auto-boot true reset geohot done"
"geohot black is the new purple"
"blackra1n start: %d current IRQ mask is %8.8X usb irq disabled...shhh fxns found @ %8.8X %8.8X found iBoot @ %8.8X i'm back from IRQland... 3g detected, kicking nor nor kicked memcpy done iBoot restored!!! found command table @ %8.8X cmd_geohot added time to pray...%8.8X"
"2.2X send command(%d): %s send exploit!!! sent data to copy: %X sent shellcode: %X has real length %X never freed: %X sent fake data to timeout: %X sent exploit to heap overflow: %X sending file with length: 0x%X Mingw runtime failure: VirtualQuery failed for %d bytes at address %p Unknown pseudo relocation protocol version %d. Unknown pseudo relocation bit size %d."
The release of this jailbreak was specifically designed to pressure the Chronic Dev Team into not releasing SHAtter, and instead implement the limera1n exploit into greenpois0n; after releasing limera1n, releasing SHAtter would uselessly disclose another bootrom exploit to Apple.
Geohot's rationale was that Apple already discovered, through internal testing, the limera1n exploit, making it very likely that it will be fixed in the next bootrom revision. Because iBoot code is present both in the bootrom and firmware, and because firmware is refreshed much more often than bootrom code, any fix in this code branch would appear first in firmware. Geohot observed his limera1n exploit was closed in firmware and concluded that it would almost certainly be fixed in the next bootrom revision, whereas SHAtter still has a chance of remaining useful for an indefinite amount of time. Both vulnerabilities ended up being patched in the iPad 2. It was fixed before the release of limera1n according to the build number. This has been confirmed by p0sixninja.
limera1n's untethered userland exploit for iOS 4.0 and 4.1 was obtained by geohot under questionable circumstances from comex. Comex did end up fixing the kernel patching code by beta2, so as to not break users' devices.
limera1n will copy hacktivation.dylib to /usr/lib and change entries to com.apple.mobile.lockdown.plist, whether it has been activated using iTunes or not. This, while helpful to many, can also be harmful to legitimate activators. For a guide on how to remove this hacktivation on iTunes activated devices, see the link below.