iPad 2 jailbreak leaked; JailbreakMe.com up for auction

Sometime yesterday, a beta of iOS hacker Comex's iPad 2 jailbreak method was released to the internet. We've known that it's been possible to jailbreak the iPad 2 almost since day one but this is the first time since the tablet was released that a jailbreak method has been available outside of the beta circle. The method is performed in the exact same way as the official and dead-simple JailbreakMe method which relies on a PDF exploit in mobile Safari. Navigate mobile Safari to the specific URL and you can begin the jailbreak process. The browser will close, and the all-too-familiar Cydia icon will appear on the home screen along with a progress bar. The device will then restart and your device is now jailbroken. So far it's been reported that this will work on all iPad 2 models running iOS 4.3.3 or earlier. I can personally verify that it will not work on an iPad 2 running iOS 5 beta 2. It should be heavily noted, however, that this is not in any way an officially sanctioned release by Comex. For all we know, it could be an elaborate scheme to distribute malware or collect personal data. Extreme caution should given if you choose to use this method before the official one is released.

Interestingly enough, iJailbreak reported that last evening, they found an auction listing for the domain JailbreakMe.com. The GoDaddy auction listing has the appraisal value as of April 2008 at $316.50 but the price as of Sunday evening is $2,500 with 32 bids. Of course, one could leap to the conclusion that perhaps Comex decided to hang up his iOS hacking shoes after his work had been released or perhaps is considering a change in address. However, a tweet from Comex Sunday afternoon confirmed that he does not actually own the domain and did not put a listing up for the site. It's very possible that the two events are not interrelated, but it's an interesting coincidence nonetheless. 

Image credit: ComputerWorld, JailbreakMe

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I don't have any compelling reason to JB my iPad. I had it JB back prior to iOS 4, and having the backgrounder app, and sbsettings were really nice features that JBing brought. The only thing I used sbsettings for was quickly adjusting the brightness setting, and that was included in iOS 4.

I may be tempted by a better notification system to JB (I remember liking LockInfo but felt that it wasn't a very professional implementation). Or maybe some new and interesting ways for data input. But iOS 5 is just around the corner, and will include these features native. If I'm really desperate for them (and I'm not) I would just try and get my hands on the iOS 5 beta.

My experiences cruising around Cydia looking for cool JB apps were not good. Most JB apps are of extremely low quality and are riddled with bugs. You have to dig through web forums to find recommendations to legitimate apps (aside from the basics like SSH).

I don't think that the JB iPhone community is seeing the kind of progress seen in the Android rooting and rom loading community. I think it is because there is less of a gap between what the consumer wants and what the service provider/manufacturer provide on iOS.

I jailbreak both my iPad 1 and iPod touch because I use iBlueever for tethering to my smartphone. Do I have pirated apps on it? No. I purchased all the apps I wanted before I jailbroke it so it was unnecessary. Jailbreak does NOT necessarily equal piracy and I am so tired of seeing this being brought up over and over and over and over and over again.

I got an email saying don't use the jailbreak since it wasn't final. But that it works only for 4.3 and it could be infected.

I woudn't say jailbreaking is all sugar and candy. Jailbreaking enables Mass Storage USB mode, in ROOT by default. It also lets you install openSSH which many don't set a root password for.

Hooked up a jailbroken phone to my computer and I could dump the ENTIRE device without entering any passwords or iTunes resyncing needed. contacts, emails, programs, pictures, call logs, texts.. It was all there, despite the android-like grid passcode screen I didn't know the password for.

I could have removed or reset the on-screen password (or anything else) if I wanted to, and used the phone. Maybe this particular jailbreaker installed something 'special' but I think his security was 'as-installed'

After iOS5 launch all the good software that was available via jailbreak will be built into the OS tho.

The time, trouble and privacy risk involved in springing you hardware is not worth it. You do it just for free Angry Birds? Get a job.

SpyderCanopus said,
The time, trouble and privacy risk involved in springing you hardware is not worth it. You do it just for free Angry Birds? Get a job.

Man, you have no idea what jailbreaking is about, do you? That's piracy - jailbreaking isn't piracy, in fact, there's PAID jailbreak tweaks available on Cydia. Get your facts right before you generalize, hey?

SpyderCanopus said,
The time, trouble and privacy risk involved in springing you hardware is not worth it. You do it just for free Angry Birds? Get a job.

Time and trouble? For the end-user, the time and trouble is practically zero as it only takes a few clicks. Privacy risk? Only if you set up SSH and leave it with a default password. Jailbreaking is awesome because you're not limited to the software that Steve says you can run. I'll be Jailbreaking my iPad 2 as soon as there is a proven method so that I can actually do useful things with it

SpyderCanopus said,
The time, trouble and privacy risk involved in springing you hardware is not worth it. You do it just for free Angry Birds? Get a job.
So grossly misinformed... Makes me wonder why you frequent a tech blog - and comment!

Oh yeah, because you are a troll!

fail.. This jailbreak doesn't work on IOS 4.3.3, only on 4.3.0 WiFi. The jailbreak in itsself is a fail, vpn doesnt work, teathering doesnt work. I removed it from mine for these reasons and will wait until it is working and released properly. Also note that using the PDF doesnt work as it has been blocked from cydia

affy1977 said,
fail.. This jailbreak doesn't work on IOS 4.3.3, only on 4.3.0 WiFi. The jailbreak in itsself is a fail, vpn doesnt work, teathering doesnt work. I removed it from mine for these reasons and will wait until it is working and released properly. Also note that using the PDF doesnt work as it has been blocked from cydia

That hardly makes the jailbreak a fail. It's a BETA and was wrongly leaked, what do you expect! The only fail is the leaker who was an idiot.