Root Access Password thoughts

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  1. jse1988

    jse1988 Member

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    I was wondering a few things about how we got the password "alpine" from apple to obtain root access to the idevices.

    1. How was it originally found? was it a secret to begin with?

    2. is this something that hackers need to know to be able to JB the devices?

    3. why hasnt apple changed the password?

    4. if they did change it, would it be a simple firmware update or hardware?

    5. what problems could this cause?

    A few questions for the mass....
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    Moonrocks34 New Member

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    wait where is it used?
    sorry if i sound like a noob. im new.
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    if you want to SSH into you ipod, you have to know the password to access the files, which is "alpine" you dont need to know this if you arent jailbroken.
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    I would also like to know this!!
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    I guess no one knows the answer to this?
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    42395_skyline Community Development Staff Member

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    I know a nice software change can change it, because we can change it manually on our own already.
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    so that means it is embedded in the firmware and not Hardware...

    so if apple has changed it before, the Jailbreak devs most likely find out the password, and changes it to a common password that everyone knows such as "alpine"?

    any other input?
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    I don't think that it is embedded in the firmware. I think that it is just the default password used by openssh.


    Apple didnt create the password. Its not like you need a password to access system file. You can easily use ifunbox to browse files without it. Its just there for security reasons when using ssh.

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