OpenJailbreak: An Open Source Jailbreak Repository

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Earlier this week, iOS hacker Joshua Hill (p0sixninja) tweeted that he was working on new projects that are much bigger than jailbreaking. Then, just a few hours ago, the infamous developer followed up his tweet by claiming that he hates iOS 6.1.3 and jailbreak tools like redsn0w and sn0wbreeze, adding that he is prepared to get #OpenJailbreak off the ground.

For those wondering what OpenJailbreak is, what I have learned is that it will be an open source jailbreak repository managed by a team headed by Joshua Hill. Renowned graphic designer Thientam Bach (Surenix) is currently working on developing the website for the repository, while Hill is organizing the components that will be part of it.

“Essentially it’s going to be a repository of open source jailbreak components that I created over the years,” claims Hill. “So much of my code has been hacked up and incorporated into other projects, it’s becoming very fragmented. There’s no central repository to maintain all this code, to allow other developers to submit patches or help layout a roadmap for what new features and abilities will be added in the future.”

Hill has played a pivotal role in the release of several previous jailbreaking methods, as a member of the Chronic-Dev Team, and much of his code is utilized across several jailbreaking tools, including redsn0w and sn0wbreeze. His code is not very maintainable or useful in this form, however, so this repository will serve as a centralized place for the jailbreak code that can be accessed by everyone.

OpenJailbreak will benefit the broader jailbreaking community by permitting users to contribute and learn from the code, allowing for cross-collaboration that could ultimately lead to quicker discovery of future jailbreak exploits for iOS 7 and beyond. Those that are more experienced with development would gain access to higher-tier channels for sharing their exploits or discoveries.

“This is Just a Small Part of an Ultimate Plan”

While this might not yet be the “bigger than jailbreak” news or iOS 7 untethered jailbreak that some Twitter users have been speculating about, Hill told me that “this is just a small part of an ultimate plan.” Perhaps a teaser image tweeted by Cydia developer Ryan Petrich some hours ago, which appears to show his jailbreak tweak Activator running on iOS 7, is most indicative of things to come.

Activator iOS 7

The jailbreaking community has long wondered how they could contribute to the work that iOS hackers undertake, and OpenJailbreak appears that it will provide these users with that chance. Over the coming weeks, Hill will be looking for Windows, OS X and Linux developers, architects, graphic designers, web developers and anyone else who can potentially help this initiative along.

iFans reached out to Ryan Petrich for further comment, although he was unable to provide any additional details due to signing a strict non-disclosure agreement. In the meantime, those interested in OpenJailbreak can wait for the official OpenJailbreak.org website to launch in the next week or so, and continue to follow along on iFans as further developments are made.

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