The First iPhone Jailbreak Took A Whopping 74 Steps

If you're at all up on the whole jailbreaking scene, you know that the long-awaited iPhone 5 jailbreak is probably maybe definitely coming today, finally. And even though there's been a long wait, the exploit is definitely going to be a hell of a lot better than the first ones were. Jailbreaking used to take 74 steps.

In anticipation of the upcoming exploit, Cult of Mac dug up some info on the first ever jailbreak, and it makes modern-day stuff seem like a breeze. Mostly because it is. This MacRumors thread from way back in 2007 details the steps for cracking open the original iPhone, running iOS 1.1.1. All 74 of them, including such gems as:

11. Search for the ASCII string "noexec" in the file. The second hit

should look like the /etc/fstab file: /dev/disk0s1 / hfs ro 0 1

/dev/disk0s2 /private/var hfs rw,noexec 0 2

Only, of course, hex editors will just display newlines as a '.'

character or similar. This series of characters are often found at

0xF8F9000-0xF8F9045. They will have the following character codes:

2F 64 65 76 2F 64 69 73 6B 30 73 31 20 2F 20 68 66 73 20 72 6F 20 30 20

31 0A 2F 64 65 76 2F 64 69 73 6B 30 73 32 20 2F 70 72 69 76 61 74 65 2F

76 61 72 20 68 66 73 20 72 77 2C 6E 6F 65 78 65 63 20 30 20 32 0A

(In "find" make sure it's set to find hex values)


43. Try to ssh to it with Putty


Username root, password alpine.

— -

So, OK, now we need to get sftp running, do some clean-up and then I

think we can install and be good.

Download WinSCP (

And of course, the very first comment is:

Thanks for the info


really need 74 steps? and edit hex file? ......I am sure there would be much easier solutions soon, if not now

Nowadays things are much easier, with fully untethered jailbreaks practically at the push of a button. Sure, getting a jailbreak to work on the iPhone 5 and other A6 devices has proven to be a little tough, but there's no doubt that when that jailbreak does come out, it'll be a piece of cake compared to what jailbreaking took in those early pioneer days. Thank god. [Cult of Mac]



    Why do people bother with jail breaking? Why not get a different phone? This is a genuine question.

      Better the devil you know I guess. Some people feel more comfortable with Apple UI/Apple ecosystem, or they've convinced themselves that iProduct hardware is worth the substantial price difference and are trying to justify their purchase. Personally, I think they're overpriced and crippled, but hey, competition can only be positive for consumers.

      I know, I can't believe I ever bought an iPhone and and an iPad. It was a complete waste. I can do it all without the need to void my warranty on my Android.

        Jailbreaking a device doesn't void your warranty, Apple just reserves the right to deny your device service for software issues if you've modified your device's software.

      I jailbreak mine to get the dual sim working so I can use my work SIM on my iPhone so I don't have to carry another phone

      But few days ago I got myself and my wife Nexus 4 (still on the way) gonna use that for the work phone :D

      so I think there is no need for jailbreak the iPhone anymore and also Instalious is no longer exists so if people thinks about getting the illegal games on JB... well tough tities.. no more... just buy the games. and some of them are free now (really a lot of good games are free on iOS)

      Because they like things iOS has that other systems don't, but there's still some things they'd like to change.

    I jailbreak my iphone for the same reason I rooted(jailbreak) my android.

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