Geohot is back, and limera1n is real. It is an untethered and universal jailbreak for all iOS devices instead of just the ones with the A4 chip ( although we’re not sure if limera1n can jailbreak the new AppleTV ).
Limera1n is not using SHAtter, although it’s still based on a bootrom exploit. GeoHot wanted his exploit to be implemented in greenpois0n, but the Chronic DevTeam passed on the offer, because if they did that, there was no way to drop the tool according to the ETA. ( If they can do it by 10/10 they will, if not, they will use SHAtter )
Confused yet? So now, basically, The Chronic DevTeam will release greenpois0n on 10/10/10 and GeoHot will release limera1n on 10/11/10. That means that one way or the other, you will jailbreak all your iOS devices.
If you check the source-code of limera1n.com, you will see a line that says ‘ Who is John Galt? ‘ . So who is he? John Galt is a fictional character in Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged (1957). Although he is absent from much of the text, he is the subject of the novel’s often repeated question “Who is John Galt?” and of the quest to discover the answer. Galt is acknowledged to be a creator and inventor who symbolizes the power of the individual capitalist. He serves as an idealistic counterpoint to the social and economic structure depicted in the novel.
The book’s opening line “Who is John Galt?” becomes an expression of helplessness and despair at the current state of the novel’s fictionalized world. Before finding the real John Galt, Dagny Taggart hears a number of legends of Galt. After eventually joining his cause, she learns that all of the stories have an element of truth to them.
So, GeoHot in his ever-search for attention is releasing this tool a day after greenpois0n is released, cock blocking the Chronic DevTeam , in exchange for attention and (probably) donations. Psychology-wise , I have no idea how to analyze GeoHot’s alter-ego , but on ‘the streets’, we describe such behavior as ‘a spoiled little bitch’.
He could’ve easily wait until next Sunday to say his back and limera1n is coming. Or he could’ve tell the devs his working on the tool, so two exploits wouldn’t be burned at the same time. But like I said before, at the end of the day, users win.
Although this was a bitch-ass move, we would like to welcome GeoHot back…