The First iPhone Jailbreak Took a Whopping 74 Steps

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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, okay, 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]

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Oh it's just Pete

Nobody here remembers this because this is what the Dev team did... Not what average jailbreakers did... The first commercial jailbreak was by no means easy, but 74 steps it was not... I was there.