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A5 Jailbreak Yet Another Step Closer – No More Sandbox Issues

Hacker planetbeing, a part of the A5 Untethered jailbreak dream team, announced via a tweet on Twitter today that we are one step closer to the A5 Untethered jailbreak. Why? Because the dream team’s newest member, saurik, helped them with getting out of the sandbox. It was originally planetbeing’s responsibility to deal with the sandbox, but saurik helped once more. Saurik has been in cahoots with the A5 Untethered Jailbreak since the beginning.

It all started with pod2g’s A5 caching issue. Saurik was able to assist in getting pod2g over that mountain. Not too long ago, we reported on MuscleNerd and pod2g tweeting the update that they were almost past solving the sandbox. Saurik’s introduction to the issue today pretty much steam-rolled it and the ending was a happy story.

Escaping the sandbox is a very important step in the jailbreak. This is good news because the sandbox is one of the tough security measures that makes hacking into an iDevice hard. It mixes things around – imagine a literal sandbox. If you buried several small parts in it and mixed it all around, you would find it incredibly difficult to find the things that you buried in it because it hides the resources. This is the idea behind it. The sandbox measure keeps information from being discovered by malicious processes. It runs new processes separate from other processes so that they are limited in resource and cannot cause damage.

With the sandbox measure completely defeated, the rest of the jailbreak process will coast along nicely. We don’t have an estimated time of arrival for the jailbreak yet, but we can properly assure you that the toughest mountain has been climbed. We expect that many iPad 2 and iPhone 4S owners will be happy to hear this news.

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