Sn0wbreeze v2.9.7 supports iPhone 4 and below, downgrades to older firmware
Hacker iH8sn0w has released a new version of his sn0wbreeze jailbreak utility. The tool enables rogue users of Apple’s iPhones and iPads to hack their devices using a Windows PC and install third-party apps and themes otherwise unapproved by the Cupertino company.In a recent blog entry, iH8sn0w confirms that sn0wbreeze v2.9.7 adds support for iOS 6.0 Build 10A403 and iOS 6.0.1 Build 10A523.
iPhone 3GS and A4 devices constitute the only supported hardware at the moment, and the jailbreak itself is tethered for all devices, with the exception of old-bootrom iPhone 3GS units.
“SAM is built-in for iOS 6 hacktivations,” adds iH8sn0w.
Jailbreakers can continue to use iFaith mode to downgrade their firmware and save SHSH blobs.
“Remember to enter a PWNED DFU state with sn0wbreeze's iREB button in the top bar of sn0wbreeze prior to (SHIFT + Restoring) the custom signed IPSW!” writes iH8sn0w.
Regarding iREB, the hacker notes that iOS 6 prevents the tool from putting devices into a proper PWNED DFU state for restoring to custom iOS 6 IPSWs.
“An update for the standalone version should come sometime this week,” iH8sn0w confirms. “In the meantime, use the iREB tab located in sn0wbreeze's top status bar to enter a proper PWNED DFU state.”
For those asking whether sn0wbreeze v2.9.7 supports A5 and A6 devices, iH8sn0w has some bad news.
“As stated many times in the past, sn0wbreeze cannot be updated to work on A5(X)/A6(X) devices until a low level exploit in DFU or iBoot is found and made public,” he explains.
However, as we reported this past weekend, hackers are making progress in cracking Apple’s latest chips. While the public release is still far off, jailbreakers can rest assured that their favorite hacking gurus are burning the midnight oil trying to come up with exploits.