Ever since the birth of the first iPhone, people have been looking for ways to avoid Apple’s limitations and restrictions by unlocking the operating system and allowing the users root access and the possibility to install home-brew applications on their Apple devices. Recently, a new exploiting tool has been under development that is supposed to jailbreak all Apple devices that are running the iPhone operating system up to date, meaning every device carrying the platform iOS 4.1 or lower. This jailbreaking method called SHAtter is a low-level bootroom exploiting tool developed, among other groups, by the well-known Chronic Dev Team and iPhone Dev Team and discovered by hackers Posixninja, Pod2g and previously by GeoHot who codenamed it Pwned4life.
All Apple devices that were released before this hack fall under the available jailbreaking methods of SHAtter, as well as a good amount of other devices that haven’t yet been patched by Apple. This list of Apple locked gadgets include the fresh iPod touch 4G and the 2010 Apple TV 2G which fit the iOS 4.1 category. The greatest innovation with this jailbreaking tool is that Apple will have a very hard time managing this hacking method. In fact, Apple won’t even be able to avoid SHAtter attacks by releasing a new software upgrade, instead, as an ultimate solution, an entirely revised hardware for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV would have to be manufactured. This sounds like we will benefit from SHAtter’s features quite unlimited, no matter what kind of firmware OS version Apple releases.
There is still a price to be paid for using this kind of hacking, since SHAtter is supposed to be tethered, which means that every time you reboot you’ll need to connect your device to a computer. But this shouldn’t influence you that much, because you need to remember that SHAtter is able to jailbreak Apple TV devices also, even the 2010 released second generation of Apple TV which runs a version of iOS despite the original Apple TV which was using a modified built of Mac OS X 10. The way that SHAtter handles the Apple TV 2G devices is by restoring a custom pre-jailbroken IPSW using PwnageTool and thus allowing the possibility to install different apps that are unavailable through the App Store but accordingly to the hardware limitations. SHAtter can also be used for decrypting the keys for Apple TV firmware downloaded from Apple. For instance, the key for 018-8609-066.dmg filesystem Mojave8M89.K66OS is: 31c700a852f1877c88efc05bc5c63e8c7f081c4cb28d024ed7f9b0dbc98c7e1406e499c6.
The PwnageTool can be useful for an iPod 4G jailbreak with SHAtter and, in fact, it is very likely that this tool will be further required, except with the iPhone 4 where updates are allowed while preserving the base-band for ultrasnow to perform carrier unlock. The SHAtter jailbreaking tool isn’t yet available, since there is still probably a long way to ago until the tool is finally ready and complete. For now, the video demo below of an iPod Touch 4G being SHAttered will just have to do.