Do you wish you were running iOS 5.1 with all your favorite Cydia tweaks? (I couldn’t use an iPhone without SBSettings!) Maybe you’ve got an iPhone 4 or an original-recipe iPad and you’ve already got the tethered Jailbreak working. I just hope your 4S didn’t come with 5.1. Either way, there’s good news coming: security researcher and jailbreak guru Pod2g mentioned on Twitter that he has all the exploits required to do a new jailbreak and is working on bypassing Apple’s ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) at bootup, a restriction which complicates untethered jailbreaks .
Just because the dev teams have enough exploits to pull off a jailbreak, it does not mean we’ll be running Veency on iOS 5.1 tomorrow. (Unless you’re running an older phone and don’t mind being tethered.) Grant Paul (chpwn) estimates that the it’s likely be months before anyone gets a jailbreak working from these exploits.
Strangely Stefan Esser (i0n1c) is not too happy about the news. In his response Esser posted, “@pod2g will waste some more exploits on a public jailbreak for 5.1.” And here I was thinking that public jailbreaks were the point of exploits–the modding and homebrew scene brought the original apps to the iPhone! Esser wants a jailbreak Apple doesn’t know about and can’t fix, because it’d be a “huge research advantage.” Private jailbreaks don’t get much for the rest of us, so I’m not going to lose any sleep if Saurik and the dev-teams wind up making a metric boatload of ad revenue from another public jailbreak.