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Five Userland Exploits in iOS 5 Found by Chronic-Dev Team, iOS 5 Untethered Jailbreak Coming

With each new Apple product introduced, one concern that comes into mind of the jailbreak user is whether the said product can be jailbroken or not. This is especially true when the iPad 2 was released. The iPad 2 went on sale in March earlier this year and it wasn't until July that the device was opened for Jailbreak when Comex released Jailbreak 3.0. With the imminent announcement and release of Apple's next iPhone, one has to wonder if it will suffer, so to speak, the same fate as the iPad 2. Well good news because if this report is any indication, untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 shouldn't take too long after its release.

This particular bit of exciting news comes from P0sixninja of Chronic Dev Team during his talk at MyGreatFest, the first ever jailbreak convention held in London at the Old Truman Brewery at Brick Lane. During his talk, P0sixninja revealed rather ecstatically that five userland exploits have been discovered for the iPad 2. And these exploits are expected to be used as well for the highly anticipated iPhone 5. According to P0sixninja, this is a record breaking number in terms of exploits found.

In case you don't know, userland exploits are more on the software side of things. Unlike bootrom exploits, a userland exploit can be easily patched when Apple releases a firmware update. A good example of a userland exploit is the one that's being used by JailbreakMe 3.0, which is why it only works with iOS 4.3.3. Later iOS versions are not supported. A hardware revision won't do much in stopping userland exploits.
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As it turns out, the exploits have been discovered in Apple's A5 processor chip which is currently used to power the iPad 2. If you have been paying attention to the various rumors about the iPhone 5, then you are most likely aware that the device will be powered by the A5 chip as well. So what could this mean an average user? Well folks, this means that all iOS devices that the iOS 5 supports will most likely get an untethered jailbreak upon release. If anyone can recall, we have brought to you a report which states that the Chronic Dev Team have been actively working on untethered jailbreak for iOS 5. So could this be it?

As you all know, Apple have been continuously upping the ante with regards to combating jailbreaks with iOS 5. In addition to that, there was of course the recent news of Comex being hired by Apple which will no doubt have an impact to the jailbreak scene. So it is widely expected that jailbreaking the iOS 5 would present quite a challenge to the jailbreak community.

But it seems that things are looking up as far as jailbreaking the iOS 5 is concerned. Yesterday, we have also brought to you a news that the popular jailbreak tool Redsn0w will be getting a significant upgrade in preparation for the iOS 5. Coupled with this report, it seems that jailbreak fans have a lot of things to look forward to. [via RedmondPie]

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