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. (more…)