Iphone Dev Team owns Iphone and boots Linux

By Tim Quax on 29 september 2008

The hackers have succeeded in getting a Linux kernel working on an iPhone. The shell on the smartphone is so far only approachable through a usb connection.

The hack is applicable for the first and second generation of the iPhone, says the iPhone Dev Team on it's blog. To boot the Linux kernel (2.6 of course), the bootloader Openiboot is used.

Thanks to reverse engineering of the hardwaredrivers the usb port of the iPhone can be reached in Linux. The nand flash memory can be read as well (no writing though). To execute commands the usb connection is used.

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